Volume 31, No. 2 (2007)
THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY POWERS
Edgar Harvey Powers
Photo courtesy of Bethel Masonic Lodge # 97 AF & AM
Editor’s Note: This transcription has
been made from a small diary
was discovered by Barbara
Hastings Honkala in 1988 while
she was organizing the Hastings family papers at the John
Hastings Homestead at 18 Broad
Street, Bethel. It
covers much of the year 1864 (some
pages are missing, and the
diary stops in late November) and
must have come into the
Hastings Homestead through some
connection to Eugenia (Roberts)
Hastings (born in Hanover, Maine, in 1846). She is mentioned repeatedly
in the diary, and grew up in
Hanover with diarist Edgar
Harvey Powers, who was born 4
April 1843, the youngest child of Jonathan, Jr., and Hannah (Andrews) Powers. He married on 12 February 1867, Jennie Desire Stearns, who was born on 19 October 1843, the daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Chapman) Stearns of Bethel. They had two sons before her death on 20 September 1882. Edgar Powers married second,
on 11 December 1883, Carrie
Carr, who was born 28 February
1864. A farmer, Powers
acquired and worked on the
farm of his father, Jonathan Powers, Jr. Active in town politics, he
served as Third Selectman in
1885, Second Selectman in
and as Town Clerk in 1866-68
1881-1886. A member of
and Master of the Bethel Masonic
Lodge (1870), he was buried in the Hanover Cemetery following his death on 27 September 1894 at the age of fifty-one. Powers’ farm was situated on present U.S. Route 2, about one and three/quarters miles west of Hanover Village. The farmland has
been subdivided and the barn removed, but the house
is still standing and owned by
Powers’ siblings included Augustine,
born 10 April 1834, who
married Matilda M., and resided in Newry;
Galen H., born 20 August 1835,
and died 20 October 1838;
Charles H., born 6 October
1837, who married Sarahette
Moore and resided in Newry;
and Theresa C., born 1 July 1840, who married
Edwin C. Lane and resided in
Others mentioned in the
The "Deacon" mentioned in the text is unidentified, but may be Reuben Foster. (All the others
mentioned above have been
eliminated as possibilities.) The only
other family living between
the village and the home of
Edgar Powers at this time was
that of William
Barker. He was commonly
referred to as “Captain.”
Much gratitude is extended
to Warren Stearns of Hanover,
Maine, for transcribing the diary and for his numerous
useful annotations. S.
- James G. Roberts, Sr., and his wife, Beulah E. (Bartlett)
Roberts, who resided east of
Powers in the home currently owned
by Dr. Thomas Deluca.
Their children were Eugenia ("Genie") L. D.,
James Gardiner, Jr., Sarah J.,
Joshua B., Emma L., Etha Estelle,
Sophia K., and Leon A.
- Milton Roberts and his wife
(Jewett) Roberts, who resided
the next farm east of
Edgar Powers on the site of the
present home of Richard, Jr., and
Tammy James. Their
were Mary E. Almerton,
Modestus, and a daughter,
Laurantha, who died in 1862.
Bartlett and his wife,
Caroline (Smith) Bartlett, who resided
on old U.S. Route 2 on the
farm started by his father,
Stephen, one of the six Bartlett
brothers who were early settlers in Bethel, now
the site of the home of Chris
- Reuben B. Foster,
widower of Sarah A. (Bartlett)
Foster, who resided near the
site of Oxford County
Antiques. Five of their eleven
children died before the diary was written: Amanda, Julia B., Helen F., Lucien L.
and Lucia Letitia.
- Orson Powers (Edgar’s uncle)
and his wife Salley E.
Powers, who lived on the farm
just west of Edgar Powers
on the site of the present
home of John Beaudoin.
Powers children were: Henry,
Corydon, Sarah, Julia,
Lauriston, Abner B., Leander, Rosilla, Charles H., and Alpha T.
- Ball B. Willis, widower of Joann (Roberts) Willis, who lived on the site of the unoccupied home owned by John C. Morse, immediately west of the home of Orson Powers. Their children were Olive, Mary and Alice.
- William O. and Agnes (Hastings) Straw, who were probably residing in the buildings on the present site of Barbara Lapham’s home.
- Julia (Andrews) Stearns, widow of Benjamin Franklin Stearns, and sister of Edgar’s mother, who resided in
the house opposite the old
part of the Hanover Cemetery
presently owned by Dean
Their children were Julia
F., Fidelus F., John Bickmore, Fedelia, and Rosetta E.
- Bela and Selina Williams who lived in the gambrel-roofed house built by Jesse Duston in the early 1780s and currently owned by John Booth.
and barn of Edgar Harvey Powers, Hanover, Maine, ca. 1900
Courtesy of Warren Stearns
- January 1 – This diary presented to me by E. H. [Edgar Harvey]
Powers and today I commence to write upon its pages. My most
sincere wish is, that I may do nothing during the New Year that will
cause me a blush of shame to write here in. This day commenced
with a light snow, but it turned to rain. [Ezra T.] Russell says
he cannot teach me in algebra.
- January 2 – The coldest day we’ve had this winter. Father
went to Augusta to pay the soldiers. Was surprised this
evening–George Holt and Evander Perlin called. Mr. Morse is here,
he made me a pair of shoes today. I have got an awful cold, have
been most sick today.
- January 3 – Theresa [Powers Lane, his sister] was here
She went up with Mr. Holt. Went down to the office. Called
into James [James G. Roberts, Sr.] this evening. Enjoyed myself
first rate, or should, if I had not made such a blunder. I never
was so worked up in my life. Charles [Powers, his brother] come
[sic] down after some liquor. Gard [James Gardner Roberts, son of
James G.] and I went down to [Reuben] Fosters [sic] and got a horse
blanket that Hervey [Hastings] left there. Wrote in Genes [sic]
Diary. We read “Union Bud” Paper. Charles borrowed our air
tight stove. Found a rope halter.
- January 4 – Ezra Russell commenced to board here today.
down to the village this morning. Went into the woods and got one
load of wood, which finished the wood I chopped last spring. Got
a hemlock log on the sled, but steers could not draw it, and I had to
leave it. It was quite comfortable working today.
- January 5 – Stormy, snowed about three inches. Went into
Russells [sic] school this afternoon. Called into James G.
Roberts. Aunt Ellen [?] was there. Went down and got Aunt
Ellen and Eugenia [Roberts]. They spent the evening here, and I
carried them home. Went in and stopped awhile.
- January 6 – Went up a[nd] hauled wood for Mrs. [Salina]
Williams. Hauled her five loads. Lauriston [Powers] and
Elvira [Bean] called down here this evening. Mr. Russell sent a
letter to Hate I. Barker. He is writing Geographical
Definitions. Pat [hired man] “said to Barbour,” [Jonas Barbour
Willis?] “how do you do?” Barb said, “none of your
business.["] It shows what a low mind Barb has got.
- January 7 – Went up to Elijah Russells [sic] with Mr. Stearnes
[sic] [?]. Fidelus [Stearns, his cousin] stays with me
tonight. Ezra T. Russell and I have had a good time this
evening. There was [sic] five scholars when he commenced school
this morning. Loch [Lauriston Powers] come [sic] into school this
morning and said, “good morning.” They do not expect John C.
Littlehale to live.
- January 8 – Went into woods and got one load of wood.
Augustine [Powers, his brother] went down to mill with load of
logs. He wanted me to go up with him tonight and haul down a load
of timbers, so I rode his horse upon the back. Come [sic] down to
singing school kept by JRH [Joshua R. Howard]. Stayed to Ned’s
[Edwin Lane, brother-in-law] with Newton Holt. Had a very
- January 9 – Got up this morning and found it lamed me some riding
up to Newry last night horseback. Come [sic] down with a load of
logs. Mr. Russell wanted me to go down to Fosters’ with him this
evening. We went down, and he combed his hair at the door before
we went in. I could not help laughing in my sleeve to see him
- January 10 – Rev. Mr. Garland preached up to the upper school
today. I did not go up. Hervey Hastings stopped here to
dinner. Ezra T. Russell wrote in Letitia’s [Foster, Reuben’s
daughter] Album this eve. Loch called in here this eve. We
had a sing. Quite pleasant and warm. Went down to the
village this forenoon. Pat went over to Uncle Peters’ [Powers]
today. Our aquaduct [sic] has stopped running.
- January 11 – Ezra Russell boards to Milton Roberts this
Have been hauling wood for Jesse D. Howe today. Gilbert Howe’s
girl [Caroline F., age 12] died this morning at six o’clock.
Peter Bean’s boy [Seward W., born 1846] died today at twelve.
They both died with Diptheria [sic]. Leroy and Laprelet Morgan
worked for Jesse [Howe] today chopping wood. It has been quite
- January 12 – Have been hauling wood for Jesse D. Howe.
six loads of wood yesterday, and five today. Gilbert’s girl was
buried today at twelve. There is a Panorama down to the village
tonight. I went up to Newry to Lyceum with Lucian L. Foster
[Reuben’s son]. I preached a Hard Shell Sermon and gave a
declamation “Onward and Upward.” Ira M. Russell acted very queer
tonight. I don’t know what the matter was with him. It has
been very warm, for the time of year.
- January 13 – Went into the woods and got one load of wood.
There was a circle up to Ball B. Willis this afternoon and
evening. Mother went up; I did not. I spent the evening at
James [James G. Roberts, Sr.]; and it was an evening well spent.
Enoch Bartlett and Siah [Josiah Black], both went there drunk
today. Liz [Mary E. Roberts, daughter of Milton] spent the
evening there. It has been a splendid day, warm and pleasant.
- January 14 – Went into the woods and got one load of wood in the
forenoon. In afternoon Ezra T. Russell, Liz [Elvira Bean,
daughter of Nelson Bean], Sarah Howard [daughter of Joseph], Genie
[Eugenia Roberts] and I went into CTD Crocketts [sic] school over the
river. We had a good time. He is the same old
Crockett. He hit Liz off pretty hard. Russell had to slick
up his hair two or three times. Genie gave me a lock of her
hair. I went down to the Office this eve. Unckle [sic] Wm
[Andrews, his mother’s brother] stays here to night.
- January 15 – It has been a nice warm day. Got Mrs.
Williams [sic] horse and Mother and I went out to Hiram Howes.
Mary Elsie wanted me to carry Genie out there this winter. Mr.
Foy and wife came there. Snowed in the afternoon. Unckle
[sic] Wm rode down to the village with me. Saw Genie to the
Doctors when we come [sic] home. Called down to James to leave a
vail [sic] that Mother borrowed. Gardner come [sic] with me and
spent the evening. J R Howard told me a story that come
[sic] from Barb Willis, which was beneath my notice.
- January 16 – Awoke and found the wind whirling the snow rather
briskly. Blowed all day. Moderated about 4 o’clock.
Charles and Sarahette [Moore Powers, brother and wife] stay [sic] here
tonight. We all went down to James [sic], this evening.
Charles and I went down to the Office. We had a pleasant
call. I think Genie is a good girl. Pat went down to
Miltons [sic] [Roberts]. It is quite pleasant this evening.
Win [Winfield Howe] and Willard Jewett has got the Diptheria [sic].
- January 17 – Again it [was] one of our townsmen called to
die. Clement Bean [son of Peter York Bean] is this time
called. He died this afternoon. Mrs. Russell and Willard
Jewetts [sic] oldest child [Albion K. Jewett] was taken with Diptheria
[sic] to day. Also Emery Russell [Joseph Emery Russell] was taken
with it to day. Poor Willard [Jewett] they say must die, and
Cynthia Bean [daughter of Peter York Bean]. O how I pity them,
for I think I know something about it. I mean the families.
James Roberts is a noble hearted man. Charles and Sarahette went
home this afternoon. I called into the Deacons [sic] [?] this
afternoon. Gene was there. When I come [sic] called into
James. We squared some words some time. I think it is good
fun. The Deacon told Eugenia and I [of] his courtship. He
said he wanted a pair of gloves knit, and he told two girls if one
would knit one and the other the other he would marry the one that knit
the glove that wore the longest, and he said he did. The other
one was Capt Willis [sic] wife. Eugenia and I tried to square
Edgar but could not, so we agreed the one that could square it, to sent
[sic] it to the other. The minister’s mother is 100 years old to
day. Mrs. Roberts has had dreams that make her think they are
going to be sick. Eugenia commenced to tell something the Deacon
said, but was afraid it would worry her mother so she did not tell
it. Hoyt [probably Gardner G. Hoyt] sits up with Peter Beans
[sic] to night.
- January 18 – Went into the woods in forenoon and got one load of
wood. Ball [Willis] called and wanted me to help dig Clem Beans
[sic] grave. I helped him. He was buried at 4 o’clock this
afternoon. They wanted me to be one of the bearers, but I could
not on account of helping Ball. I squared the word Edgar this
morning and sent it down to Eugenia. She squared it another way
and sent it up to me to night.
- January 19 – Went into the woods in forenoon and got one load of
wood. Gardner come [sic] up after me to go down and help him get
some wood. We got one load, and it rained so, we did not get one
again. Gard and I took some whiskey. We got wet all
through. James offered to pay me, but I would not take
anything. If I earned my dinner and whiskey I done [sic]
well. I am afraid James is going to be sick. Saw Genes
[sic] dress. I think it is very pretty. There is trouble
brewing in this school. Willard Jewett and Peter Beans [sic] girl
[Cynthia E.] died last night.
- January 20 – Got four loads of wood to day. Went down to
Miltons [sic] this morning on an errand, and so called to see how James
was. James and Emma [his daughter] have got the Diphteria [sic] I
heard to night. I am afraid it will go through that family.
My whiskey that I took yesterday made me sleep like a log last
night. I got a little cold getting wet yesterday. Willard
Jewett and Peter Beans [sic] girl buried to day at about two
o’clock. I called into Mr. [William O.] Straws [sic] this
evening. Had a very pleasant call. It has been some windy
- January 21 – Have been hauling wood today for James
Hauled him four loads, and one to home. Unckle [sic] Orson
[Powers] helped him to day. He scraped the butter off from
our our plates. They thinfraid [sic] James has got the small
pox. He is a very sick man. Genie said if I had the Small
Pox she would take care of me, if she had it before I did.
Gardner brought me up to night. He come [sic] up after his
axe. Straw [William O.] has been down after me to help him
tomorrow. I guess I shall not help him. He just called
down, and said Cate [John Decatur] Hastings was going to help
him. Ryerson got six bushels of oats here to day. It has
been quite warm and pleasant. Abner [B. Powers, his cousin] and
Pat [probably hired man] are out shooting rabbits this evening.
Emma Roberts is better.
- January 22 – Mr. Russell took dinner here to day. Went into
the woods and got one load of wood. Went up to Newry and staid
[sic] to Charles all night. Took up a note of 21 dollars and took
his note of 28 dollars. Did not go to bed till past twelve.
Went to singing school, kept by J. R. Howard. Paid Hervey
- January 23 – Went to Bethel Hill with H. S. [Hervey S.]
Hastings. Bought a pair of pants. Paid 5.50 for them.
Got them at Kimballs [sic] [probably Ira Crocker Kimball’s store,
overlooking the town common]. Elvira [Bean] sent up and got a
Diary. Theresa come [sic] down to day with Lawson Smith.
Edwin come [sic] down with me. They talk of having an exhibition
in two weeks from next Tuesday. It is very good sleighing.
James is better. Sarahette lent me a book and some papers.
- January 24 – Theresa, Edwin and I called town to the Deacons
[sic]. We called on JGR [James G. Roberts]. Genie went over
with us. Edwin got the Deacons [sic] horse and I carried them
up. Genie, Liz and I are going to answer some
advertisements. I answered two tonight. Six hunters went
back on the mountain to day and killed two foxes. Very pleasant.
[to be continued]
31, No. 3 (2007)
THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY
of Hanover, Maine (from Caldwell & Halfpenny, Atlas of Oxford Co., Maine, 1880)
"E. H. Powers" appears in the left-center of the map, on present-day
Editor’s Note: Additional
information on Edgar Harvey
Powers has come to light since the last issue. At the time of his death in
1894, Powers was a member of
Bear River Grange in Newry. He also served as a District Deputy Grand Master of No.16 Masonic
District of Maine. He
moved to Blazing Star Masonic Lodge at Rumford Center in 1876. His two sons were named
Linwood (b. 26 August 1867)
and Harvey E. (b. 13 March 1880). He died intestate according to the probate record at the
Oxford County Courthouse in
South Paris. His estate totaled $1721.34 (Real Estate $1000; Goods and Chattels $582.90;
Rights and Credits $138.44).
January 1864 (continued)
- January 25 – Went to mill. Mother [Hannah Andrews Powers]
Selina [Williams] went over to Rumford Corner to do some trading.
do not expect Peter Beans girl [Ellen E.] to live. I called and
William Barker to cut my hair.
- January 26 – Went up and chopped wood for
Peter Y. Bean this afternoon. Milton Roberts, Cyrus Bartlett, Wm
Barker, and afterwards, Ball B. and Nick [probably Octavia N.] Willis
come [sic] up. I went to Lyceum with Gardner and Genie.
very much, although there was not much of a Lyceum. I acted as
President, and gave a declamation. Gardner spoke his tail
clear and beautiful this evening. Genie told me what she dreamed
night she put the wedding cake under her pillow. Unckle [sic]
[Stephen, Jr.] is quite sick. They do not think he will get well.
- January 27 – Edwin brought Theresa down today. Went into
got a load of wood. Gardner and Almeron [Roberts] spent the
with me. We boiled some maple molasses down to eat. I ate
so much it
made me feel uncomfortable. We had a pretty good time. I
after Mother & Theresa about 9 o’clock. Found them at J. G.
- January 28 – Mother, Theresa, and I went over to Mr. Russells to
day. I went into Michael Delaneys school a little while. We
see Sewell Lane and wife. Went up round by Swans [sic]
Theresa at Newry. Got my boots that Charles Ryerson made.
Just got home
and Lucien L. Foster [son of Reuben] called for me to go up to Newry to
singing school. I went up with him. We got home about
harnessed the colt and drove him down to the village. Received a
from Mary E.[Howe, daughter of Eli] Lampher. Corydon [Powers, son
Orson, his cousin] got home to night. A very pleasant day.
dollar up to Mrs. Stearns by Halena Eames.
- January 29 – Cod [Corydon]
called down here this forenoon. He has re-enlisted, and is home
furlough. Got two loads of wood. Peter Bean has lost his
[Ellen B., town records show 30 January 1864 for date of death].
died this morning. Mrs. Swan’s child was buried today. Loch
down here this evening. It has been very warm and pleasant
Jewett and Hervey Hastings just called to see about the
Sent word out to Ellis River when it would be.
- January 30 – Went into the
woods and got two loads of wood. Went up to Newry with Hoosae
name ?] Carried my boots that Charles Ryerson made me back.
[sic] not large enough. Sewell Lane was over to day to buy my
is first rate sleighing now. Cloudy with a little snow. Pat
the red colt day before yesterday and drove her up to Unckle [sic] Ors
- January 31 – Snowed about three inches. Ezra T.
R.[Russell] came along and wanted me to go up home with him. We
meeting in the afternoon. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Garland. Text
Rev. 17 verse. Stopped to Russells [sic] for supper. Come
and Russell wanted an introduction to Han E. Black, so we called and I
gave him an introduction. I preached my sermon to Aunt Roxy
1 – Mr. Moore and Charles was [sic] here to day to look at the sugar
place. Cod come [sic] down here and stopped an hour or two this
afternoon. Got one load of wood. Commenced to snow about
noon, and has
snowed very fast all afternoon. Went down to the Point to get the
shod. Called into James G. R----- and spent the evening.
very much. Genie let me read a little of her diary. I have
tell her in that line. Mrs. Roberts told a story that made me
more than I have laughed for a week. Lyman Russell [son of Elijah
died this morning. I think Genie is a fine girl. I enjoy
in her society than any young lady of my acquaintance.
2 – Snowed about a foot. Mr. Roberts and Genie called here this
to leave some bottles. They were going to see Unkle [sic]
is failing. Lyman Russell was buried today. I helped Mr.
Straw haul a
log down to mill. It has been quite warm today. Old White
to get some milk. Sent a letter to Mary E. Lampher. Milton
a talk wth some one this evening.
- February 3 – Mr. Straw helped me haul
wood in the forenoon. I went up to Browns [sic] to day to get a
dialogue. Called to see Ollin [Saunders]. He is teaching
school in the
upper district. Unkle [sic] Saunders is not any better.
Loch called in
here this evening. Been quite warm to day. Hauled three
loads of wood
down the sugar house.
- February 4 – Corydon stayed with me last night. We
did not go to sleep until three o’clock. Have been to work in the
to day. Matilda [brother, Augustine’s wife] and Theresa come
to day. They are going to stay two or three days. Fosters
Ezra T. Russell, Corydon and I went up to Straws [sic] and spent the
evening. Mr. Barker stays here to night. He peddles fluid
Corydon and Aunt Sally [Hubbard Powers, wife of Orson] went up to see
Theresa and Edwin to day. It has been a beautiful day.
- February 5 – I went down to the Point with a load of oats.
Bolster have them. He paid 65 cts. per bushel. Carried
and Matilda up to Aunt Julia’s [Julia Andrews Stearns, widow of B.
Franklin]. They made Aunt Sally [Powers] a visit in the
and Mrs. Straw called down here in the evening. I had a bad
and had to go to bed.
- February 6 – Edwin come [sic] down to day, and he
and I went down to [Rumford] Point to do some trading. Edwin and
Theresa went down to James G. Roberts [sic] visiting in the
Matilda went up with H. S. Hastings. Loch and I went up to Newry
singing school. He took the colt. John C. Littlehale was
dead last night from the army.
- February 7 – Went up to funeral with Loch.
He took our sleigh in the first place, and got up as far as the
schoolhouse when he broke one side of the sleigh, and we come [sic]
back and got another. I took Unckle Orsons [sic] sleigh and took
Gardner and we went over to Elias Bartletts [sic]. We have eleven
I gave Genie an invitation to go over the river, but I guess she did
not care to go. I don’t know whether she is afraid folks will
about her or not. She gave me a compliment to night. It was
a very good
compliment. It is pleasant to know you have a good name. If
conduct myself so that I can bear a good name, I care not what any one
says about my looks. It has been a beautiful day. Unckle
died today about half past three.
- February 8 – Took sleigh down to Holts
[sic] to get it fixed. Paid Mrs. Williams five dollars and a
has been a nice day. Mariah [Marie Elmira, daughter of Elihah and
Elmira Bean Russell] died this morning with diptheria [sic]. Have
chopping wood to day. One of the pigs died to day. Pedlar
along to day. Loch has been here this evening. I was
planning to go
over the river to night, if he had not been here.
- February 9 – Went to
Unckle [sic] Saunders [sic] funeral. Sermon by Father
Lufkin. Text: 2
Timothy 6 , 7 , 8 verses. He talked well. Mariah Russell
was buried today. I can hardly realize that so many have
died. Bought a
watch of Lewis Powers [son of Peter and Sarah Stearns Powers].
him seven dollars, took it for an old debt. Loch, Elvi [Elvira
and went down to Rumford to singing school. It closed just as we
there on account of a concert at the Corner [Rumford]. A fellow
to ride with us. Estella Roberts [Etha Estella, daughter of James
and Beulah Roberts] has got the diptheria.
- February 10 – Cold. Carried
Mother up to Littlehales [sic] visiting. J. R. Howard rode down
when I come [sic] back. Charles Howe, Unckle [sic] William
and Mr. Needham stopped here for dinner to day. Went up to
Ball B. Willis. Things went very high. Went up after Mother
three. Called into Milton Roberts’ and spent the eve. Knapp
gave Russell some good advice before he went into this school. He
him to go home with every girl, kiss every girl, and lay with every
girl. Estella [Roberts] is quite sick. Liz [Roberts] said she
Russell that she heard the advice Knapp gave him. Genie has
answer to the letter she wrote to a fellow in the 13 Maine Reg’t.
- February 11 – Carried Mother down to Col. [Eli] Howes [sic]
to day. I took dinner there. Jesse Howe took two pictures
Mother and I have been into Mr. [William O.] Straws [sic] this
evening. Had a pleasant call. Pat has been down to see
[adopted son of Stephen and Martha Stearns Bartlett] this
Estella Roberts is very sick. I guess they do not expect her to
well. Ned [Edwin Lane] gone to Livermore to get a sleigh for the
minister. He took my fur collar. Sophia Roberts [daughter
of James G.
Roberts] was taken with Diptheria [sic] to day. Milton Roberts
after an Indian woman doctor for James [sic] folks.
- February 12 – Hauled
two logs down to mill. Estella R[oberts, daughter of James G.
is very sick. Doctor [Zenas Willis] Bartlett came up to see James
folks this afternoon. Ned come [sic] come back from Livermore to
Abby Howe [daughter of Joel and Dorcas] was taken with Diptheria [sic]
today. Liz Roberts got an answer to the letter she wrote to Fred
Carlton to day. I do not think I shall get an answer to
mine. It has
been quite cold to day.
- February 13 – Hauled two logs to mill. They think
Estella is a little better. I got started to Newry to singing
with Loch. Come [sic] home with a bad headache. Mr. Bessie
staid here last night. They are going to have an exhibition next
eve. It is firstrate [sic] sleighing now. Has been warm
enough to thaw
[to be continued]
February 1864 (continued)
Volume 31, No. 4 (2007)
THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY
Gravestones of Edgar H. and Jennie D.
(Stearns) Powers in the Hanover, Maine, cemetery
- February 14 – Got started to go down to James [sic] to see how
was [sic] getting along, but met Milton and he told me I could do no
good if I went in there, so I did not go down. He said Estella was
worse and could not live. I am very sorry; wish she could get
Charles and Sarahette have been down here today. Charles went
James [sic]. He said Estella was dying. If it must be so,
she will be
saved a life of trouble. I do not think it proper to have an
next Tuesday and have taken measures to stop it. I feel it is my
to stop it, and shall do so if it is in my power. Estella died
afternoon at twenty five minutes past two. James sent up for Loch
to go down and sit up with the corpse. We went down, but John
said he and wife Angie Rowe Saunders was [sic] going to sit up, so we
come [sic] home.
- February 15 – Went down to see if I could help James [sic] folks
any. I went up and got Abner [Powers] to be one of the
wood awhile and Mrs. Roberts wanted me to go after Edwin and
Met them coming down at the upper schoolhouse. Just got back
James wanted me to go up and get Josh [Howard] and Preston [Howard] to
go down and sing. Went up round by Howards [sic] &
Walcott addressed the mourners and made a prayer. It was the most
solemn occasion I ever witnessed, and the handsomest corpse I ever
Mr. Bessey and Mr. Stearnes [sic] stay here to night with one yoke of
oxen and sixty one sheep.
- February 16 – Mr. Bessey paid me two dollars for his keeping last
night. Milton and I got up two loads of wood for James this
Has been snowy this afternoon. Carried some balm gilead buds up
[William O.] Straw. Went down to the village with Loch.
Carried a saw
down to Holts [sic] to get fixed that Edwin left here. James
folks are getting along pretty well, I guess. Emma is quite sick
- February 17 – The coldest day we’ve had this winter. Have
been down to Mr. Roberts to day. Saw Mr. Howard, and he said they
help enough, so I thought it was so cold, I would not go down.
up to see Cod. Ann Black is there. I guess they will not
have many to
the circle to night. It was to be at Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] to
- February 18 – A very cold night, last night. We broke out
roads today. Joshua R. Howard called here this morning. He
said he set
[sic] up with James [sic] folks last night and the night before
called down to see them this afternoon. They all appear to be
well except Emma. She is a sick child. She will not take
she can help it.
- February 19 – Called down to James G. Roberts this
morning. Emma appears to be a little better. Hope she will
in a few days. Carried Julia Stearns [daughter of B. Franklin and
Julia] over to Rumford Corner. The thermometer stood at 28
below zero this morning. Got the house insured in the Monmouth
Mr. [Peter Y.] Beans [sic] other girl [Sarah L.] died this morning with
Diptheria [sic]. His boy is sick with it again. Loch ran
night, but Cod over took him at Lockes Mills and brought him back.
- February 20 – Have been chopping drift wood to day. Called
G. R[oberts] this forenoon. They are getting along
is decidedly better. Went up to Newry. Called on Charles
[sic] at Edwins [sic] all night. Charles swaped [swapped] my
Ira M. Russell, and got six dollars in money, and some change.
very good time at Ned’s. Sarahette let me take two of her papers
read. Mrs. Ryerson is quite frightened about Diptheria
[sic]. Aunt Sally
[Sarah Stearns] and Orville have been at Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic]
visiting today. Liz and Philantha [Howard, daughter of Joseph]
to spend the evenng, and staid [sic] till twelve.
- February 21 – Come
[sic] down from Newry this morning. It is quite good
at Abner Browns [sic] to look at them [sic] chaise that Charles traded
for. They are very good chaise. Loch told me to day, that
had not got to Lockes Mills just as he did, in fifteen minutes he
should have been on his way to Boston. He has told before, he
likely he should run away sometime but I did not think he would.
the girls are going to school on Bethel Hill this spring. If I
let this farm or get a good, steady hand to come here and see to things
till the middle of May, I should go to school this spring. Got
to go over to Elias Bartletts [sic], to put some letters in the office,
but stopped to James, and before I started his wife came in there, so I
gave it to her. Emma is recovering quite fast. I promised
would stay with him to night and so its half past seven. I must
- February 22 – I staid [sic] with Corydon last night. We
about twelve. He told me all about Loch running away. He
dollars of Corydons [sic] money, or rather he took it. Cod told
thing about himself I little thought of. Loch come [sic] along
wanted me to go down with him. I put a bushel of corn in his
went down with him. After I got back I put up some oats and corn,
went to the mill. Could not get it ground to day, and had to
Corydon started for Washington this morning. He gave Loch the
dollars he took when he ran away, and a fur collar. Loch has been
here this evening. I have not felt very well today. I don’t
know but I
have a little cold. Hope I shall not be blunderhead enough to
thing over twice.
- February 23 – Went up to Abner Browns [sic] [resided
where Stanley Brown lives today] and got them [sic] chaise I
Loch, Elvi, and Delphina (?) went up on Bethel Hill to school
They board themselves. I have been chopping wood to day.
been down to Cyrus Bartletts [sic] this evening. I went down and
the grist. Stopped for the mail. Got letter from Mary E.
[sic] up and stopped to Cyrus, awhile. I heard to night that
Roberts wife [L. Josephine Jewett] had got the Diptheria. They
doing well, down to the village, and up around the Pond [Howard Pond].
[to be continued]
Volume 32, No. 1 (2007)
THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY
February 1864 (continued)
- February 24 – Edwin and Theresa came down today. They and
went down to the Deacons [sic] visiting. I went down to the Point
[Rumford Point] with Ned. Bought a whip at C. A. Kimballs
Paid four shillings. Unckle [sic] William came over to day.
He is going
to stay all night. He brought his whiskey with him. I guess
he is bound
to enjoy himself. Edwin brought down my beans.
- February 25 – Jesse D. Howe [Hanover Town Clerk] came along to
take the births and deaths in this town. I went down to get the
that Holt has been fixing. He asked for the fixing and painting,
dollars. Charles came down to day to get the wool he engaged last
Went up and put some lambkill on Mrs. Williams [sic] horse feet.
has got the scratches. Come [sic] down and stopped to Straws
Cyrus Bartlett come [sic] in there. I rode down with him.
Matilda called here to night. They had been to Mr. Russells [sic]
visiting. Unckle [sic] Wm. went home this morning.
- February 26 – Went
down and hauled wood for Holt. Hauled him five loads. Left
there. He wantsme to help him to morrow. Brought up a paper
Deacon and one for Cyrus. They were eating some boiled
asked me to sit down and eat some. I did so. It was a
rarity for me.
Went up and put some more lambkill on Mrs. Williams [sic] horse.
- February 27 – Went down and hauled wood for Holt. Hauled
four loads. Win
Howe, Walker Eliot, Wallace Bartlett, Gust Varney, and Camille Staples
have enlisted. Pat has gone up to Edwins [sic] to stay all
Andrews and wife stay here to night. Joshua Roberts has got a
throat. Augustine came down to the mill today. Theresa came
him. I paid Cooper Bean one dollar for measures he left
here. It is
first rate sleighing now. Webster Holt and his brother George
into quite a warm debate on politics today.
- February 28 – Rus Andrews and
wife went away from here this morning. Hiram Howe and wife came
about eleven and staid [sic] till three. They had a row at
[sic] [Howard] singing school in the Newry school house last
Joshua, Dan Wilbur, Charles Ryerson, Herv Hastings, and John Surls
(Searles) was in it. I went down to the Post Office. When I
called to James G. R[oberts]. Cod let Gene have a girls [sic]
picture that lives in Auburn to send to Mr. Bates. Stopped two or
hours, and came home. I have got some cold. It has been
quite warm and
cloudy, is excellent sleighing.
- February 29 – Went up to Bethel Hill. Had
Mrs. Williams [sic] horse. Mother went up to see Sarahette in the
forenoon and in the afternoon she went down to see Aunt Roxy. I
the bacon up and sold it to Kimball. Got 12 ½ cts. per
Got a bbl. of flour. Paid eight dollars and a half. Got a
Goddards. Paid 67 cts. Got a pair of Lees for a harness at
[sic]. Paid 50 cts. Engaged some grave stones for Father at
They will cost about 40 dollars. Carried some things up to Loch,
and Dephina. They made me take dinner with them. Charles
went up with
me. Took tea to Charles abot [about] three. Staid [sic]
there till half
past five, come [sic] to John Blacks [sic], and staid [sic] there a few
minutes, and come [sic] home. Took Mrs. Williams horse home, and
come [sic] home, called into Mr. [William O.] Straws [sic] to leave
some patterns. It is quite good sleighing now. [Several
pages of the
diary are missing here.]
- March 7 – Awoke this morning and found the rain had
turned to snow, a very uncommon thing. It has continued to snow
rain during the day. Town meeting was today. James G.
chairman of Selectmen. Tim Ayers stays at Unckle [sic] Orsons
night. Mother is up to Newry yet. I begin [sic] to feel
shall, if this weather continues a great while longer and I have to
stay indoors. Unckle [sic] Orson said Knapp (Albion K.) was the
capable man to do town business we had in town. I told him I
James about as honest as Knapp. O, yes, he said, James was honest
enough, but he want [sic] a priming to Knapp.
- March 8 – Edwin and Theresa
come [sic] down this morning and brought Mother down. I carried
Williams [sic] pig up to her. She paid me two dollars. Went
washed and soaked the buckets this afternoon, so that I could tap the
trees tomorrow. Took the colt down to Miltons [sic] and got him
his tail off. He took off about three or four inches of the
has been pleasant to day. Howard Staples had the small pox, and
settled in his eyes leaving him blind. His mother started to go
yesterday. He is in Dover.
- March 9 – Tapped 118 trees to day. Went down
to Cyrus Bartletts [sic] to a Levee. There was not a great
cost me seventy cents. Did not have much of a time. Lucien
waited upon Liz (Roberts) considerable. I should not think she
seen with him much, as much as she has talked about him.
- March 10 – Went
into the woods this morning and tapped sixty one trees before breakfast
which gave me a pretty good appetite. Mr. Bessey come [sic] after
pig to night. He wanted me to go up to Newry with him. I
went up to
Augustines [sic] and stopped a little while. I do not enjoy
well there. I pity Gust. He takes no comfort in his
life. Bessey stays
here to night.
- March 11 – Went into the woods this morning and gathered
100 pails full of sap. Commenced to boil. Bessy took four
$2.50 each. Had a very pleasant time. Pat went down to the
P.O. and he
said there was a letter for me, but as there was three cents to pay on
it, Lime [Lyman R. Knapp, son of Albion] would not let him have it.
- March 12 – Gathered 33 pails full of sap. Went down to the
that letter but Mrs. Knapp could not find it. Called to James G.
Roberts when I come [sic] back and got a rum barrel for a sugar
After I got home, I got to thinking about it, and I was so thundering
mad, I went down again, but could not get track of it. I have not
through with Lime yet. Syruped down to night. When I get
time I shall
look that letter up.
- March 13 – Genie [Roberts] took this diary and read
as far as here. Gathered 50 pails full of sap. Sugared off
50 lbs of
maple sugar. Mrs. Straw come [sic] down here this morning on the
and staid till about eleven. Went down to James to see if that
barrel would do to put molasses in. Phylantha [Howard] and Genie
[sic] with me and staid an hour or two. Genie and I ate a
custom in which two persons share the kernals of a nut and determine
that one shall receive a forfeit from the other at a later time upon
the saying of a word or the performance of a certain action].
Phylantha and I. Genie got it on to me when I carried them
down. I got
started to go to the PO but was so tired did not go down. Called
the Deacons [sic] and got Philopena on to Phylantha.
- March 14 – Have been
in the woods boiling sap. Syruped down tonight. While
coming down broke
a three gallon jug and spilt the syrup. Charles went down to
[sic] and got a shoemakers [sic] bench. He got a ten gallon keg
James. I went down to James and got a ten gallon keg to bring
down in. Charles left his keg here for me to fill with
and I had a sing. Genie said if I could get Philophena on to her,
would give me a stocking she was knitting, but guess she back [sic] out
- March 15 – Sugared off 25 lbs of maple syrup. Aunt Sally
[Stearns Powers] come [sic] over here visiting to day. They did
dare go across the river alone, so I went over with them. After I
over there, I thought I would go up to Elias Bartletts [sic] and see if
there was a letter. There was none. Lucelia Brown is at
[sic]. Hervey S. Hastings called here today, and got some
cure the scratches on his horse. Genie went to Dixfield to day
Joshua R. Howard. Freeland Moody brought a letter from the P.O.
H. P. Bessey. It has been quite cool today. Mrs. Willard
[Angeline Morgan] died this morning. I was surprised to hear of
death. She was at the Levee at Cyrus, apparently as well as any
Died with Diptheria [sic].
- March 16 – Mrs. Jewett was buried today. I was
one of the bearers. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Briggs. Text:
Psalms, 17 Chapter,
15 Verse. He talked very well. He preached Mr. and Mrs.
funeral sermon, both together. It was the same text he preached
Harriet Kimballs [sic] [probably Harriet Willis, wife of Clark Kimball]
funeral sermon from. William Barker, George Holt and Ezra Smith
[sic] the other three bearers. Charles Abbott was manager.
stopped here to dinner. Carried my boots up to have Charles mend
Theresa and Edwin was [sic] at Prestons [sic]. Mrs. Knapp [Phebe
(Farnum) Knapp, wife of Albion Knapp] and Jennie [Hutchins, widow of
Knapp] was [sic] both taken with Diptheria [sic] this morning.
have got the measles up in Newry. The sleighing is getting quite
- March 17 – Went into the woods and chopped wood this
[sic] Eli and wife [Salome (Andrews) Howe] have been here today.
Augustine went over to Unckle Wms [sic] to swap some wheat and
Went down to James [sic] this evening and got a gallon of rum. H.
called here. He said he and father laid the corner stone of our
the year 1844, the 16 of June; and he said it snowed so that the the
ground was almost white. It has been quite cool today. The
to Dixfield this afternoon. I dont [sic] know but I have got the
Showed it to Doctor [Thomas] Roberts but he said he did not know
it was or not.
- March 18 – Mrs. Straw, Aunt Julia, and Rosette [Stearns,
daughter of B. Franklin and Julia (Andrews) Stearns] called down here
on the crust this morning. Aunt Julia and Rosette staid till
and Theresa have been down today. They went home about
three. Have been
piling up wood under the shed. Got it all piled up [in] front of
house; and it filled the shed almost full. Let Theresa have a
maple molasses to carry home. It has been somewhat cool; so much
the sap has not started today.
- March 19 – Finished filling the shed with
wood. There is almost three cords beside the shed full.
Went to mill,
but they could not get the grist. Went up to Unckle [sic] Orsons
today and was looking at his sheep, and behold I saw one of our sheep
there; the one we lost last fall. I brought it home. I
should think he
would despise the sight of a sheep.
- March 20 – Quite cool and clear this
morning, but squally in afternoon. Liz [Roberts] visited our
house on the crust. Mother called down to Miltons [sic]. I
James G[ardiner] R[oberts] this evening. Genie [Roberts] inhaled
chloroform, enough to put her to sleep. I inhaled some, and after
awhile it began to make me feel weak in the knees, and I thought it was
about time to start for home.
- March 21 – Went into the woods and chopped
wood this forenoon. Went up to get Charles to mend Pats [sic]
Sarahette had a boy today. Theresa come [sic] down with me.
to James [sic] and got some rum for her. Theresa, Mother, and I
been in to Mr. Straws [sic] this evening. It has been quite cool
Unckle [sic] Peter and wife [Sarah Stearns, daughter of Thomas and Lois
(Colby) Stearns] called here this evening.
- March 22 – Augustine came down
here before breakfast this morning. He went to mill. Mother
went up to Newry with him. Gardner, Almeron, and I went up to Mt.
Puzzle, [spruce] gumming. The dog came across a hedgehog
and got about forty quills in his nose. We got a cro[t]ched stick
put it over his neck and pulled them out. Gardner shot an owl in
barn up to Scriba [an area near Puzzle Mountain]. We set fire to
trees. Gard shot a partridge. I got quite a lot of gum; and
jackknife. Got home about three. Gardner and Almeron took
me. I went down and got the grist I carried to the mill last
Liz called in here this evening. Almeron, Gardner, Phylantha, and
went over to Elias Bartletts [sic] this evening on the crust. Pat
stay alone to night. It was been quite cold today.
- March 23 – Augustine
brought Mother down today. Pat and Bick [John B. Stearns, son of
and Julia (Andrews) Stearns] have been up to Scriba. Aunt Julia
Rosette called in here, they were going down to James [sic]
It has been quite cold today. Have been alone all day and my
have been wandering over the past, also, my mind has been busy in
trying to fathom the dark future.
- March 24 – Neville [Howard] called here
this morning and got our sleigh to up and see Milton. Sarah and
Phylantha [Howard, daughter of Joseph Howard] went up with him.
Gardner, Genie, and Sarah [Roberts, daughter of James Gardiner Roberts]
went also. Pat has been helping Bick. Neville brought up a
me, from Loch. I went into the woods this afternoon and chopped
out of the buckets east of the sugar house. The Deacon went up to
Edwins [sic] today. It has not been very cold today.
- March 25 – Gathered
83 pails full of sap. Letitia [Foster, daughter of Reuben Foster,
married Hervey S. Hastings] & Helen [Foster, daughter of Reuben
Foster & wife of Galen Howe] Howe have been here visiting this
afternoon. They sent word up to Mrs. Straw that the young folks
the village were going up there this evening. She sent back word
she would rather they not come up till the first of the week. I
them, if they like, they could stop here. They did so, twelve of
I treated them on maple sugar. They went away about eleven.
were George Holt, John Holt, Winfield S. Howe, Charles Abbott, Henry
Smith, Helen Howe, Julia B. Foster, Letitia L. Foster, Mary Smith, Abby
Howe, Clara Knapp and Matilda J.Staples. It has been quite warm
We got a sheep, that I guess will die. Took the top off from my
chaise. A flock of wild geese flew over to night.
- March 26 – Took my
chaise wheels down to have a gig made of them. It is very bad
sleighing. Got 1/4 lb. sulphur at Knapp [sic] for the itch.
till about twelve o’clock at night. Got a letter from Cod last
Thursday. He is in Va [Virginia] near Culpepper. Syruped
It has been a good sap day.
- March 27 – Sugared off today, but it is so
dirty I am going to put it in with the next batch. It has been a
firstrate [sic] day. Boiled till twelve o’clock tonight.
Bick has been
helping Pat boil sap today while I sugared off.
- March 28 – Boiled sap
until twelve. Gathered both sap holders full of sap, and then did
get it all gathered. I was so drove, I went up and got Ned to
and help me. He boiled all night. Went to Charles and got
boots. Borrowed a Rhetoric of Sarahette. It has been
warm. Sugared off
- March 29 – Went up and gathered the sap this morn. Did not
much. Syruped down. Got through ointing for the itch and
today. Ned went to sleep in sugar house today and slept some
has not run very well today. It looks like a storm.
- March 30 – Win Howe
[Winfield Scott Howe, son of Joel and Dorcas (Barker) Howe] was married
to Clara Knapp [daughter of Albion K. and Phebe (Morse) Knapp] last
night. Sugared off 90 lbs. Ned has been boiling sap
today. Went down to
the Point. Wrote to Win Howe, to see what the chance was to
When I got back and told him what I had done, he wanted me to write for
him. Rode up with James G. Roberts. Got a knife at
weighs 214 lbs. I weigh 161 lbs.
- March 31 – Have been boiling sap today.
Has stormed all day. Has been a number of callers. Ned went
night. Charles Willis [sic] wife [ Esther H. Brown] is very
Albion Jewett [son of Willard Jewett]. They do not expect him to
Tared [tarred] the sheep today. They commenced to use waggons
[sic] last Tuesday. The snow is mostly gone.
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THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY
back to top
- April 1 – Syruped down today. Edwin come [sic] down this
and we emptied the buckets. Sprague come [sic] up into the sugar
I come [sic] up with Ned and am going to stay all night. Leroy
[probably Laprelet D. Morgan, who died 18 April 1864] is sick again
with Diptheria [sic]. They do not expect him to live. It
night. Is very muddy.
- April 2 – Come [sic] home this mornng. Overtook an
old man, 82 years old, by the name of Ephraim Frost, down to Ball B.
Willis [sic]. Remembering the golden rule, I took his pack and
it down as far as here, and invited him to rest. I gave him some
molasses and bread, for which he seemed so grateful. He then said
would be going, but as it rained, I invited him to stop all night,
which he finally accepted. His is a fine old gentleman.
Sugared off 64
lbs. of sugar today. Went down to the Post Office to night, but
stop for the mail.
- April 3 – Willard Jewetts [sic] boy (Albion K.) died
this morning at one o’clock. Wrote to Lauriston and Mary E.
Went up to Newry with Lucien L. Foster [son of Reuben]. We called
Charles, Lawson Smiths [sic], and then to come down to Edwins [sic] and
took supper. Had a very good time there. Then we come [sic]
[Hervey S.] Hastings, and he got feeling round Nancy Wilson, and I
could not get him started home. He staid till about four o’clock
morning. I went up to Neds [sic] and staid all night. I
shall not ride
with the miserable fellow again. Mr. White preached his farewell
up here to day.
- April 4 – Ned and I come [sic] down this morning. We
gathered about fifty pail fulls of sap, with the oxen. Ned boiled
today, and I went to hauling fencing poles. Hauled two
loads. Mr. White
took dinner here today. Mother gave him a quart of maple
Jewetts [sic] boy was buried today. Mr. White preached the
sermon. I went up at dark and boiled till twelve. He went
down to James
- April 5 – Edwin boiled sap today and I hauled three loads
of fencing poles. Ball [B.Willis] come [sic] into the sugar
come [sic] down to the house. Julia Foster and Amanda [Foster,
Edwin Hoyt] was here. Ball acted real silly. He staid about
I carried Amande’s baby down to Fosters [sic]. Called to James
came back. Took Genie and Phylanthas to put in a mark. Ned
in there before I come [sic] home, and he come [sic] up with me.
Deacon told me a story about cheese.
- April 6 – Ned boiled sap this
forenoon. He went home this afternoon. I hauled two loads
poles. I knit the initials of my name in Genie and Phylanthas
stockings. Carried them down tonight. Rode down to the Post
James. He took the “Old Whirlwind.” We rode pretty fast
some of the
way. Went over with Phylantha from James. Gardner boils sap
Almeron is with him. It has been quite warm today.
- April 7 – Went into
the woods and got one load of poles. Went down to see if Holt had
the seat of my gig done. He had not. Rec’d a letter from
Powers, stating that Unckle [sic] [Joseph] Stillman [Powers] was
He died last Saturday night at 20 minutes past eleven with small
Alas: his little girl, Emma. Shingled Emma Roberts [sic]
hair. Gene let
me take Lackenbox Rhetoric. Harnessed Hoosae and drove him up to
It has been quite warm today. Gathered 34 pails full of sap.
- April 8 – I
sugared off 75 lbs. of maple sugar. Olive S. Willis [daughter of
B.] gave us a call this morning. Gathered eighty pail fulls of
Wrote to John S. Powers. Have been comparing Boyds, with
Rhetoric. I prefer Lackenbos. It has been a very pleasant
into Mr. Straws [sic] and spent the evening. Enjoyed myself very
Mrs. Straw played and sang most of the evening. When I got home I
Mother quite sick.
- April 9 – Mother was quite sick this morning, with a
sore throat. I went down to George E. Smiths [sic] and got a
Dr. Watsons [sic] medicine for diptheria [sic]. She took some it
tonight she is better. I went up and got Theresa. She is
going to stay
till tomorrow night. I had Mrs. Williams [sic] horse. I
took the wheels
down to get Finney [William Phinney at Rumford Point] to put on some
- April 10 – Mother was some better this morning. I carried
Theresa up to Newry tonight. Left my boots to Charles to tap, and
his home. Theresa & I went down and got Genie to come up and
till she comes down again. Genie said it was the first wagon ride
had had this year. I gave her her first wagon ride last year, and
- April 11 – Got up and found that we were having a snow
Set up the tubs to make soap. Pat went away this morning and did
get back till night. I went down to James [sic] and got some yarn
Genie. She is here yet. I have been plaguing her all
day. It has snowed
enough for sleighing. I am boiling molasses down so it will lay
snow. Pat has written to Euthalia. [several pages missing
24 – Went down and got my hair cut this morning. While there, Ned
after me. He wanted Mother to go up and take care of
Theresa. She has
got the Diptheria. Milton put in his great boat today. I
James a little while. Come home, and in a little while Liz and
called in. I went down and got a half pint of brandy, some to
give to a
lamb and some for Mother. Almeron stays with me tonight.
[sic] stocking to knit in the initials of her name.
- April 25 – Have been
plowing today. Julia Stearns called in here this morning, and
till afternoon. Knit the initials of Genies [sic] name in her
Gardner is going to stay with me tonight. It rains some
tonight. I got
Pat up in his sleep, and sent him to feed the hogs. He went into
washroom and then he started to go down cellar, and hit his head
against the clothes horse, and it awoke him.
- April 26 – Gardner staid
with me last night. Milton swaped [sic] horses yesterday.
Ned come down
after some liquor this morning. He said Theresa’s had begun to
pretty bad. He said Liz Smith had gone after Dr. [David]
James Roberts went up with Ned. Went down to the office and met
Smith. He said Davis could not come and according to his and
[sic] talk I thought she ought to have something done for her, so I
took James [sic] horse and went down and got Dr. Thomas Roberts to go
up. He did not like it very well because they sent for Davis
When he came back he said she was not very sick. I offered to pay
but he could not make change. Received a letter from Corydon,
ailas [?], a book of puzzles.
- April 27 – Went down and got Eugenia to come up
and wash and bake. Joshua Roberts staid with Pat last
Carried Eugenia home tonight. Had a good talk with her.
Took Sarah J.
Roberts [sic] stocking to knit the initials of her name in.
bible down to have Sarah put it under Genies [sic] pillow to dream
over. She said she would tell me what she dreamed.
- April 28 – Plowed this
forenoon. Eugenia and Phylantha called and hung out the clothes
morning. Joshua [Howard] went down and carried them up there
I carried some eggs up to Newry and sold for Mrs. Roberts. Went
see Theresa. She is getting better. It has been quite warm
Ellen [Eleanor Eames, daughter of John E. and Hanna (McGill)] Bean is
- April 29 – Lucien L. Foster is very sick. Gale Howe went up
after Dr. [John] Grover. I went up with him. Bought an
album, as a
present for Genie. We took a walk this evening and I gave it to
She and I ate a Philopena and I owed her a present so gave her
Bought a box of herring and a pair of gloves.
- April 30 – Mother came home
this morning. Lizzie went up and is going to stay till
to look at Olives [Olive Willis] bookkeeping books. Called to see
how Lucien was tonight. He is a little better. Joshua has
singing school over to Rumford Corner tonight. Eugenia and
went with him.
- May 1 – Carried Mother up to Newry and brought Liz down
and carried her down to Aunt Eleanor Beans [sic] funeral. Ben
preached the funeral sermon. Text: Psalms 90 Chapter 12
to see Lucien. He is very sick. I do not think he will get
to see Deacon and stopped a little while.
- May 2 – Went to mill for Mrs.
Williams. Called to see Lucien. He is no better and must
die. He can
live but a short time. Went to the Point to see if my gig was
Commenced to plant potatoes today. James jamed [jammed] his toes
bad last Friday. Paid Dr. Roberts one dollar for going up to
- May 3 – I set up with Lucien last night. He died about two
o’clock this morning. He died quite easy. We did not get
him laid out
till about four. None of the family were up. Mr. Staples
[Joseph and Betsey Howe], Mr. Hoyt and wife [Gardner and Laura
Lovejoy], Aunt Phebe Elliott, and Lawson Smith was here. It has
rainy all day. Have been cutting potatoes to plant. Joshua
staid with Pat last night. The funeral is next Thursday at 12
- May 4 – Went down to the Post Office. Received a letter
They want me to be one of the bearers tomorrow. Planted a few
today. Mother came home this morning. Theresa is getting
Eugenia has been up there today. I went down to James tonight and
some whiskey to put with some thoroughwort.
- May 5 – Lucien was buried
today. Rev. Mr. Thompson preached the funeral sermon. Text:
Chapter 28 Verse. He preached a very good sermon. Almeron
Limon (Lyman) Knapp, John Holt and I were bearers. Mother and I
tea at Mr. James G. Roberts.
- May 6 – Theresa come [sic] down today. She
is going to stay a week or two. Went down to the Deacons [sic]
Edwin. I was exposed to the measles a week ago last
and Sarah Roberts called in here this evening. Finished planting
potatoes before the house.
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- May 7 – Cloudy and tonight it rains. Pat has been harrowing
today. Mrs. Straw called in here tonight and stopped an hour or
two. Met Mrs. Willis at Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] tonight. All
was harmony. Amanda and Julia Foster are quite sick. Went to the
- May 8 – Went down to see how Fosters [sic] folks are getting
along. They are better. Edwin came down today.
Phylantha and Eugenia called in here to see Theresa. I gave them some
herring and sent one down to the Deacon, and three to Mrs.
Roberts. Rains some tonight. My mind is made up to spend
the remainder of my days differently. Nathan Bean [probably the son of
John E. and Hannah (McGill) Bean] drove a horse here tonight that would
not hardly go.
- May 9 – Sowed 6 ½ bushels of oats. Fixed the fence
round the piece back of the pines. Went up on the mountain and
got the colt. Phylantha, Eugenia, and Sarah called up to Unckle
[sic] Orsons [sic] tonight. They set out to call here, but saw me
writing and did not. The rest were all abed. Quite warm.
- May 10 – Have been harrowing the corn ground today. Carried
Theresa to a ride. Called James and got a gallon of
alcohol. Caroline Simonds and Mrs. Barker have been here visiting
this afternoon. I carried them home. Mrs. Morgan is very
sick with diptheria [sic]. We have quite a warm day and a thunder
- May 11 – Fixed the fence between Milton and us. Eugenia and
Sarah made a visit here this afternoon. I went down with
them. Neville hung Phylantha and Eugenia a maybasket. I saw
him and played Judas Iscariot. They all come [sic] up as far as
the Capen brook and laid in wait to catch him.
- May 12 – Went down to the Point to get some herds-grass seed;
they had none. Went over to Wardwells [sic] and got my gig for
Mr. Finney (Phinney) to fix. The Deacon sent down and got some
tobacco. Aunt Sukey stays here tonight. Went down to
Fosters [sic] and engaged some herds-grass seed. They caught
Neville last night down by James [sic] watering place. James
wants me to help him tomorrow. I told him I would. We are
going to change works.
- May 13 – Worked for James G. Roberts with oxen, up to Mr.
Williams [sic]. Had quite a time with Bela [Williams]. We
were planning to go up & hang Neville Howard some maybaskets, but
it looked so much like rain we did not go. We boys are going to
dress up in the girls [sic] clothes.
- May 14 – Pat got started to run away last night, but his heart
failed him and he come [sic] back and laid in the barn. I gave
him a severe chastizing this morning. Mellen Andrews and his two
sisters stopped here two or three hours. Got out 6 loads of
manure on the Gideon field [a field between the river intervale and the
fields near the road].
- May 15 – Staid [sic] with Almeron last night. Called into
Mr. Straws [sic]. He gave me a trace of seed corn, and lent me a
book. Almeron and I called down to Fosters [sic] to see a fellow
by the name of Morse. He is a miserable fellow. Drove
Herveys [sic] [Hastings] horse up to Miltons [sic]. Called into
the Deacons [sic]. Phylantha and I went to James [sic]. We
trained like thunder. We got into a squabble and had a good time
but spoilt it all at last. I dreamed a queer dream last night at
Miltons [sic] in which Eugenia Roberts was concerned.
- May 16 – It has been a very warm day. Have been hauling
manure. Got out twelve loads. Eugenia, Olive, Emma and
Sophia Roberts have called here today. Went down & hired
thirty dollars of Mr. Reuben B. Foster. He would not take my
note, but said he would remember when it was, just the same.
- May 17 – Very warm day. Carried Theresa to Newry this
forenoon. She was pretty tired when we got up there. Called
in to see the ministers [sic] wife. She is quite slim. I do
not think she will ever get well. She wanted me to get her some
cider. I went down to the Deacons [sic] and got some and sent up
by L. C. Smith. Ball has gone to Paris to settle up as
administrator on this estate. Went up and helped Mr. Straw furrow
out for corn.
- May 18 – Commenced to plant corn today. Went down to Milton
Roberts and got ½ bushel of seed corn. Sold three sheep
skins for $2.25 apiece. It has been quite warm today.
Charles Henry and Alpha Powers [sons of Orson Powers] are coming down
with the measles. Ball could not settle yesterday because he did
not know enough to get ready.
- May 19 – Have been planting corn. I let Charles have two
bushels of potatoes, one bushel of oats, and one bushel of India
wheat. I carried them up tonight. Went to see
Theresa. She is getting better. Mother went down to the
P.O. with Mrs. Straw. I guess I am going to have the
measles. I have got the worst headache I ever had.
- May 19 – I had a pretty sick night last night, but feel better
tonight. My head does not ache so bad. Mrs. Milton and
James Roberts called up here this forenoon and Eugenia and Aunt Sally
called in this afternoon. The Deacon sent me up some cider by
Eugenia. The neighbors have gone up to help Mr. Morgan. [No
entries for May 21, 22, 23]
- May 24 – [Listing of various measurements] A span, about 10
inches; a cubit, about 21 inches; a fathom, about 7 feet; a furlong,
about 44 rods; a day’s journey, about 33 miles, a Sabbath day’s
journey, about 7 furlongs; a mite, about 4 mills; a farthing, about
threequarters of a cent; a penny, fifteen cents, a talent of silver,
about 15 hundred dollars; talent of gold, about 25,000 dollars. [No
entries for May 25, 26]
- May 27 – The cost of building the line fence between Unckle [sic]
Orson and I is, – 1 day, Edwin R. Lane, 1.25; 1 day, Bickmore Stearnes,
.50, 1 day myself & oxen, 2.50; 1 day, Augustine & oxen, 2.50;
1 day, Nahum Frost, 1.25; 1 day, Edwin R. Lane, 1.25; 1 day, Milton,
Almeron & Oxen, 3.75; 1 day, Wm. O. Straw, 1.25. [No entry
- May 29 – Have been quite sick with the measles as I have not been
[able] to write in my Diary. Bro. Ben Lufkin preached up here
today. Eugenia called in here this morning. Also: William
Barker called in. I walked out this morning for the first time
since I have been sick. I was pretty weak.
- May 30 – Walked up to Unckle Orsons [sic]. I was pretty
tired and had to lay down and rest. Pat has been up helping fix
fence between Mr. [Cyrus] Bartletts [sic] and us. The cows lay
- May 31 – Walked down to James this morning and stopped 3 or 4
hours. I said something about Eugenia the night she sit [sic] up
with me, but she would not tell me what it was. Come up and took
dinner with Liz. Olive S. Willis as there. Went down to the
- June 1 – Went up to Newry. Theresa and I went up to
Agustines [sic] and made a visit in the afternoon. Pat washed the
sheep this afternoon. Went to Sarahettes [sic] and stopped a
little while in the forenoon. Staid to Edwins [sic] all
night. Went into see Mrs. White.
- June 2 – Theresa come [sic] with me this morning. She and
Mother went down to Miltons [sic] visiting this afternoon. Went
down to the village with B. B. Willis. Met Bessey down by the
pines and I took his horse up here, and he went over to Unckle [sic]
Peters [sic] to see Mr. Stearns.
- June 3 – Mr. Bessey staid here last night. Carried Theresa
down to James. I went to the Point and got my gig. Paid
Finney ten dollars for fixing it. The colt come [sic] very near
staving me up to James [sic]. Edwin came down and got
Theresa. Have been planting beans.
- June 4 – Finished planting beans today. I carried Fathers
[sic] picture down & Jess [Howe] is going to take some
photographs. Called into Mr. Straws [sic] and Aunt Julias
[sic]. Mother went up visiting this afternoon. Fidelus
[Stearns, son of B. F. Stearns] got home from Bridgton at three o’clock.
- June 5 – Fidelus took dinner here today. Edwin and Theresa
and I went down to the village and called James when he come [sic]
back. J. R. Howard carried Eugenia over to her school.
Fidelus and I went down to the village. We called to the Deacons
[sic], James [sic], and Miltons [sic].
- June 6 – Loch and I have been fixing fence up in the sag.
Went over to the pond fishing after supper. Did not get
any. We went round the pond and come [sic] over across the
Deacons [sic] mountain. We went out on the pond in a boat.
The wind blew very hard. Lock cut the anchor and we came ashore.
- June 7 – Went down to the Point to get the colt shod but Brown
[James Monroe Brown] [had] so much work to do, he could not shoe
him. Mrs. Lang cut a pr. of pants for me. Went up to
Newry. Staid to Sarahettes [sic] all night. Stella York
staid with Sarahette.
- June 8 – Got up this morning and went over to Ned’s, before
Sarahette was up. Helped Ned shear his sheep. We sheared
twenty-five. Sarahette come [sic] over there visiting in the
afternoon. Augustine went down and helped Foster wash
sheep. Matilda and Walter come [sic] down here.
- June 9 – Have been to work on the road this forenoon. This
afternoon went down and got the colt shod. Milton Howard paid me
fifty dollars for the mare we let him have instead of the two
colts. I am owing Bolster three dollars and eighty-five cents
(3.85). Got five photographs that Jesse copied from fathers [sic]
miniature. Paid him 1.00.
- June 10 – Worked on the road in the forenoon; in the afternoon
fixed up the fences. Pat has been harrowing for India
wheat. Liz has been up to Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] visiting this
afternoon. I went up to have sing. It was measly
enough. Shut up the hens tonight.
- June 11 – went into the woods and hauled out two loads of fencing
poles. Fixed the fence round the field back of the house.
Sowed two bushes of India wheat. Mason has been down and sheared
22 sheep. Went up to Newry and paid Charles 50.00. Staid up
to Charles [sic] all night. Unckle [sic] Peter staid there all
- June 12 – Got up this morning and went over to Neds [sic] before
Charles [sic] folks were up. Took breakfast there, and went up to
see if I could get Augustine and Nahum to help me build a line fence
between Ors and us. When I got home Mrs. James Roberts was
here. I went down with her & cut Emmas [sic] hair.
- June 13 – Sheared sheep for Mr. Mason. Sheared
twenty-two. Went up to Mr. Straws [sic] and sheared twelve.
Mason thought he had lost one fleece of wool. I was there
shearing alone while the rest was eating their dinner. I thought
they would think I took it, and felt rather blue, but remembered that
Mason told me there was one sheep there in the morning.
- June 14 – Sheared out sheep today. Ned come [sic] down and
helped me. Mentioned to Unckle [sic] Ors about dividing the line
tomorrow. He was bound not to build his part, so I notified the
fence viewers. He has got to build his part or pay me for
building it. Mr. Straw and wife and Mr. Straws [sic] brother,
Daniel Straw, paid me a call this evening. I asked Unckle [sic]
Orson if it would be so he could help divide the line tomorrow.
"Well,” he said, “I dont [sic] know, I dont [sic] think you’ll build
enough to pay for dividing it.” Said I, “I shall have a line
fence there and if you and I can divide it, we will; if not we will get
some one to divide it.” Said he, “Well you can get some one to
divide it. I have got fence enough to build without building a
- June 15 – Unckle Ors was notified today about a line fence.
I will make the miserable devil toe the mark just as sure as I have my
health. Sylvania [?], Mother and I went over to see Mrs.
Robertson [Sally Saunders, wife of Jonathan Clark Robertson]
today. Stopped at Ball Bartletts [sic] to dinner. Saw Sarah
Powers. She said she was coming over next Saturday. We
stopped to see Lydia [Robertson] Stevens. She is very pleasantly
situated. She went over to her mothers [sic] with us. I
carried her home. She is a might nice woman. Took supper to
Mrs. Robertsons [sic]. Had a very pleasant visit. Come home
by Bethel Hill. Charles and Sarahette were down today. Was
very sorry we was [sic] gone. Bought two collars and two
handkerchiefs. Got my spices at Ryersons [sic].
- June 16 – Have been hoeing today on the island. Bickmore
[John B. Stearns] helped me today. Ball B. Willis come [sic] down
tonight, and to a rect [sic] from Mother and I, so he can settle this
estate. The judge allowed him 40.00 for his services.
Shingled Rosettas [sic] hair this morning. A very hot day indeed.
- June 17 – Finished hoeing the corn on the island tis
forenoon. This afternoon hoed the corn before the house.
Bickmore Stearns helped me. Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] folks hoed
their corn on the island today. Quite warm.
- June 18 – Have been fixing up round the buildings this
forenoon. This afternoon went up to Newry to see if I could get
help to build the line fence. Old Black is quite sick.
Sarah Powers come [sic] over tonight. She and I took a walk this
evening. A very hot day. Thermometer stood at 92 deg.
- June 19 – Went down and got William Barker to cut my hair.
Went up to John Saunders and got the Revised Statutes. Called
into B.B. Willis. Very hot. Thermometer stood at 95 deg.
- June 20 – James (Roberts), Joshua (Howard), and John (Saunders)
come [sic] on and divided the line through the pasture between Unckle
[sic] Orson and I. He did not attend. They assigned me the
upper part through the woods and lower part through the pasture.
Went up to Newry after Edwin to come down and help me build fence.
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- June 16 – Have been hoeing today on the island. Bickmore [John B.
Stearns] helped me today. Ball B. Willis come [sic] down tonight,
to[ok?] a rect [sic?] from Mother and I, so he can settle this
The judge allowed him 40.00 for his services. Shingled Rosettas
[sic] hair this morning. A very hot day indeed.
- June 17 – Finished hoeing the corn on the island tis
This afternoon hoed the corn before the house. Bickmore Stearns
me. Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] folks hoed their corn on the island
today. Quite warm.
- June 18 – Have been fixing up round the buildings this
This afternoon went up to Newry to see if I could get help to build the
line fence. Old Black is quite sick. Sarah Powers come
tonight. She and I took a walk this evening. A very hot
Thermometer stood at 92 deg.
- June 19 – Went down and got William Barker to cut my hair.
up to John Saunders and got the Revised Statutes. Called into B.
Willis. Very hot. Thermometer stood at 95 deg.
- June 20 – James [Roberts], Joshua [Howard], and John [Saunders]
come [sic] on and divided the line through the pasture between Unckle
[sic] Orson and I. He did not attend. They assigned me the
through the woods and lower part through the pasture. Went up to
after Edwin to come down and help me build fence.
- June 21 – Staid at Edwins [sic] last night. He and Theresa
[sic] down this morning. We got out stake poles enough to build
through the pasture. He took our colt and gig and went home
sold wool for 75 cts. Last years, unwashed, 60 cts. Paid Foster
that I borrowed of him May 16. Augustine come [sic] down with his
- June 22 – Nahum Frost, Wm. O. Straw, Edwin B. Lane, Milton
Almeron Roberts & their oxen & August & his oxen have been
helping me build fence today. We got our part done through the
Went down and talked with Blanchard [Atty. Orlando W. Blanchard] about
the fence. I guess I am al right.
- June 24 – Went down to get some photographs taken, but Jes [Jesse
Howe] was gone up to Howards [sic] Pond fishing. Called in to Mr.
Straws [sic] She [Mrs. Straw?] played on the piano and
into Galen Howes [sic]; also the Deacons [sic]. Ball B. Willis
girl is in from Waterford. Went up to settle with him, but he was
Paid Unckle [sic] William $41.00. He was over today.
- June 25 – Have been hoeing potatoes some today. Went down
Point tonight to do some trading. Mr. Chapman come [sic] down and
the wool today. It come [sic] to $113.58. Paid Ball $29.55
paid and his services as administrator on this estate. His
[sic] $12.00 and cheap enough.
- June 26 – Went down to the Point to
meeting today. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Walcott. Text: Palms 19
Verse. Father Lufkin preached up to the old meeting house.
organized a sabbath school up here tonight. They wanted me to
charge of the one class. Very warm.
- June 27 – Went up and asked Unckle
[sic] Orson if was going to build his part of the fence. I do not
he will. I told the mean old cuss just what he was. I went
up to see
Lawyer [David] Hammons [of Bethel Hill]. I met him up by Eames
He is going to look it up. If everything is right, I shall build
fence for him.
- June 28 – Went down to Virgins [sic] and got 30 slabs to
build fence back of the barn. Paid him 30 cts. Went to the
got 12 lbs. nails, and one scythe. Received a letter from Mary E.
Lampher. Went up and got Mrs. Williams [sic] horse to go to
- June 29 – Carried Mrs. Williams [sic] wool on to Bethel
She sold it to Mighill Mason. Went in to see Mr. Hammons.
He said all
was wrong and I must notify over again. He said they could not
less than thirty days, and I must move my fence onto the line.
book for James.
- June 30 – Finished hoeing potatoes before the house. Bela
Williamson helped me in the afternoon. Notified James and John to
divide the line again. Went down to see [Enoch] Foster. He
to take counsel from Hammons. James wants to go up and talk with
- July 1 – Got Mrs. Williams [sic] horse and waggon and carried
James up to the Hill [Bethel]. Gibson [Attorney Samuel F. Gibson
(1823-1889)] says I am all right and Hammons [Attorney David Hammons
(1808-1888)] says I am not. Edwin and Theresa was [sic] down
They stopped to B. B. Willis to tea. I helped Bela cultivate his
potatoes. Then come [sic] down and stopped at Balls [sic] to
- July 2 – Rainy all day. Went down to the Point [Rumford]
and got some
salt. Paid one dollar a bushel. R. B. Foster went down with
grist to mill. Pat went down and got a load of slabs.
Straw down to Office. Rains nicely now.
- July 3 – Went up to the mountain
and salted the colt this morning. Daniel Straw, B. B. Willis and
Eames called today. Carried Mother up to Newry. Went up to
Augustine. Mother is going to stay till tomorrow night.
Went to Sabbath
school. Joshua stays with Pat last night.
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- July 4 – Milton Roberts come [sic] up here and wanted us to help
get Masons [sic] sheep. We got them up. Theresa come [sic] down
today. I went over to Unckle [sic] Williams [sic] and got thirty
dollars. He would not take any note. James and Cyrus, Milton and I got
up the sheep. Joshua staid with Pat last night.
- July 5 – Have been hoeing corn today. Mr. Perham stopped here for
dinner. He is buying wool. He is paying ninety cents. Went down to get
George Smith to come up with his compass and go through on the line and
stake it out. Cooler than it has been. Mr. Smith come [sic] up and
staked out the line today. It rained a little. The circle met at
Unckle [sic] Orsons [sic] this afternoon. I have got a boil on my
thigh. It pains me bad. Went down to the Post Office. Expected a letter
from [Attorney] Hammons but did not get any.
- July 7 – Went up to Bethel Hill to get some papers of [Attorney]
Hammons. Bought a grindstone of Philbrooke. Paid $6.50. Took Mrs.
Williams [sic] horse and got a cask of lime. James notified Ors. and I
to meet next Monday to assign our shares to build; so I cannot move my
fence over until tomorrow.
- July 8 – Augustine and Matilda was [sic] down today. He helped me
hoe corn on the island. Went down to the Point [Rumford] and got a
scythe. Saw Gale Howe. He has talked with Knapp about Ors building the
fence. I guess he will build it. A very warm day.
- July 9 – Finished hoeing the corn today. Went up to Newry. Old
Unckle [sic] Black died tonight at twenty-five minutes of five. I was
there when he died. Stopped to Edwins [sic] to supper. Got
started to go over to Cooper Beans [sic] to get a churn but could not
get across the river.
- July 10 – Called to see Lucelia Brown. Went to Sabbath school.
Went down to Joseph Staples to sing. John Smith is up from Portland.
Ellen Bessey was there to sing. She is at work for Lawson Smith and a
very pretty appearing girl she is.
- July 11 – The fence viewers come [sic] on this morning and made
out the assignment. Mowed hay this forenoon. This afternoon went down
to get a negative taken for some photographs. Carried the notices and
assignment down and got them recorded. Old Black was buried today at
- July 12 – Have been mowing on the Gideon piece. Got
one load of hay. I am sick tonight. Have vomited three times.
- July 13 – Have been mowing on the island. Got one load of hay.
- July 14 – Have been mowing on the island. Got two
loads of hay. Went to the Point and got a scythe for Pat. Went up to
Newry tonight and staid to Edwins [sic]. Saw Roscoe G. Lane down to
Gale Howes [sic]. Warm and dry.
- July 15 – Have been mowing out before the house. Got one load of
hay. Roscoe G. Lane come [sic] here today. We had a shower today. Julia
& Letitia L. Foster called up here to-night. I lent Letitia a book
and I went down and got six magazines of her. Rock [Roscoe G. Lane]
went down to Deacons [sic].
- July 16 – Have been mowing out before the house. Got two
loads of hay. Roscoe G. Lane took the colt & gig and went up Edwins
[sic]. John B. Smith drowned up to Howards [sic] Pond this afternoon.
He was swimming with George Holt.
- July 17 – Roscoe got back this morning. Julia Stearns
come [sic] home today; she is to work for Hiram Howe. Went to Sabbath
school. Rode down to village with B. B. Willis. Philantha and Abby
Barker called up tonight. Letitia L. Foster called and gave me a ride.
- July 18 – Got one load of hay. A. K. Knapp come [sic] up and
wanted me to be one of the bearers at John Smiths [sic] funeral. There
was six of us. Mr. Elliott preached the funeral sermon. Text Matt, 14
Chap. 12 Verse. Stopped to Mr. Hoyts [sic] to tea. Went over to Mr.
Wardwells [sic] and bought a wagon. Paid $80.00.
- July 19 – Mowed this morning till about ten of the clock.
- July 20 – Finished mowing out before the house. Got one load of
hay. Mowed one load of hay on the island. Elizabeth Roberts called
tonight. It is very dry. The corn before the house is suffering badly
for the want of rain.
- July 21 – Have been mowing on the island. Got two loads of hay.
Aunt Julia has been here visiting this afternoon. Mother went down to
the Point [Rumford] this forenoon with Selina Williams. It is very dry
and this afternoon has been quite windy.
- July 23–Have been mowing on the island. Got four loads of hay.
Did not get the last one till after dark. Bro. Lufkin borrowed my gig
to go out to his brothers. He and his wife stay to Unckle [sic] Orsons
[sic] tonight. Eugenia L. D. Roberts called and stopped two or three
- July 24 – Went to hear Bro. Lufkin. Text: 2 Corinthians 5 Chapter
1 Verse. Mother and I called down to George E. Smiths [sic]. They are
fine folks. Went up to prayer meeting. Called to Mr. Straws [sic]. Very
hot and dry. Wrote to Mary E. Lampher and Lauriston Powers.
- July 25 – Have been mowing down under the hill. Went down to the
Point [Rumford] to get something to put on Mothers [sic] back, but the
doctor was gone. Got the grist. Looks some like rain. Mother hurt her
back last Friday lifting a pail of water, and last night she hurt it
- July 26 – Went out to Milton Plantation to get a girl, but could
not. Mothers [sic] back is no better. Went up to Newry and got Diantha
Powers. It rained some this morning. Saw Betsey Ellen Smith today.
Charles has got home from Gorham. He is about sick.
- July 27 – Have been mowing on the island. Got two loads of hay.
Roscoe come [sic] over tonight, but went down further. Mrs. James
Roberts called up to see Mother tonight. I had hard work to get them
to-gether to introduce them. It has been a fine hay-day.
- July 28 – Have been mowing on the island. Got two loads of hay.
Edwin and Theresa was [sic] down today. Mary E. Smith come [sic] down
with them. Letitia called up today. She brought some tame cherries to
Mother. I have worked like thunder today and am somewhat tired tonight.
- July 29 – Cloudy, but not much rain. Mowed the creek above the
bridge. Went over back of the mountain after the colt. Unckle [sic]
Orsons [sic] folks and Selina Williams went over there raspberrying
today. Got started to go over to Unckle [sic] Peters [sic], but did
not. Called into the Deacons [sic].
- July 30 – Have been mowing on the side bank of the Gideon piece.
Got three loads of hay. Went up to Newry and staid to Charles all
night. He and I went up to Augustines [sic]. Got the yoke he borrowed
but did not get the staple and the ring. Went home with Stella York
- July 31 – Theresa and I went up to Gusts [sic] this morning.
Called in to see Sister White. She is gaining. Went to the Sabbath
school. Gave Elizabeth Roberts a ride. We went down as far as Ellis
river bridge. Enjoyed myself well. Called in to the Deacons [sic].
Sophia Bean has got home from Lewiston.
- August 1 – Mowed down by the brook and on the island. Got three
loads of hay. Mr. Williams helped me today. I carried him home tonight.
Diantha Powers rode up with me. We stopped and went into the grave
yard. It has been very hot, not hardly a breath of air stirring.
- August 2 – Finished mowing hay today. Some rainy. Mr. William
helped me this fore-noon. Went down to mill. Got ½ lb. tea, 1
lb. starch and 1 box of blacking of Hutchings. Took Fosters [sic] horse
up from the village for G. Howe. Met Ellen Bessey in the road. Rainy
- August 3 – Cloudy with some rain. Carried Diantha Powers home
today. Paid $1.25. Charles and Sarahette come [sic] down with me. Went
over and got a plow point of Mr. Foster. Paid 65 cts. Went up to Unckle
[sic] Williams [sic] and left the colt and went over to Unckle [sic]
Peters [sic] and staid all night.
- August 4 – Come [sic] over from Unckle [sic] Peters [sic] this
morning. Let Unckle [sic] Wm. leave a counterfeit ten dollar bill that
he let me have July 4. Sold the lambs for $3.50 each. Carried Chas.
home to night. Two fellows stay here tonight, from Standish. Rainy
- August 5 – Those fellows took the lambs away today. I let them
have ten. James G. Roberts carried a load of lambs over to Beans [sic]
Corner [East Bethel] for them. Got two loads of hay. Mr. Williams
helped me in afternoon. Carried Sarahette up to Newry. Theresa come
[sic] down with me.
- August 6 – Theresa rode up with Mr. Eames. Carried two pigs over
to Unckle [sic] Peter. He was not at home, so I did not get the pay for
them. Roscoe was there. He come [sic] over with me as far as the
Colonels [sic]. We come round by the Point [Rumford]. Found Ceylon
Russell here when I got home.
- August 7 – Ceylon went away from here this morning. Went over
back of the mountain after the colts, but did not find them. Called
into B. B. Willis. Mother and I rode down to George E. Smiths [sic].
Went to a lecture by Rev. Mr.Walcott down to schoolhouse.
- August 8 – Roscoe G. Lane staid with me last night, and went over
the river this morning. Went upon the mountain to salt the colts. Got
three loads of hay, which finished our haying for this year. Gardner
Roberts helped me. We have cut about twenty tons of hay this year. Have
got 30 loads and about two tons more than last yr.
- August 9 – Mother and I went up to Theresas [sic] & took
dinner. Then we went up to Augustines [sic] and stopped till after
supper. Went over to see Betsey Ellen Smith. Had a pleasant call.
Mother stopped to Edwins [sic] tonight. She is going to stop up there
two or three days.
[to be concluded in the next issue]
Volume 33, Nos. 3 & 4 (2009)
THE DIARY OF EDGAR HARVEY
Note: This installment, only, of the Powers diary transcription follows
punctuation and spelling of the original.
August 1864 (continued)
- August 10 – Did not wake up this morning till eight of the clock.
Went down to the Point. Met H. P. Bessey. He wants me to drive cattle
for him tomorrow. Called into Milton Roberts and took tea. He and wife
have gone a visiting tour to be gone two or three weeks. Enjoyed myself
- August 11 – Went to Newry, and got a drove of cattle for
Bessey. Paid Mr. Reilly $170. Drove them to the Point. Let Bessey have
two pigs. He paid me five dollars for them and one dollar for driving
cattle. Mother and Theresa come down from Newry with Letitia. Cooler
- August 12 – Went up and helped Augustine today. Carried my boots
up to have Charles mend them. Theresa rode up with Matilda. Went down
to the Post Office. Received a letter from Mary E. Lampher. Pat helped
Straw this afternoon. Looks like some rain tonight.
- August 13 – Went up to Augustines [sic] and got a load of clay
Williams. It has been mighty hot this afternoon. Lauiston got
home from Lewiston tonight. Mother has got a bad headache. We have had
a nice thunder shower this evening. Loch stays with me tonight.
- August 14 – Went up to Newry to Meeting. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Hoyt.
Text forenoon Matt. 28. Chap. 7 Verse. Afternoon Galacians 6 Chap.
7,8,9, 10. Verses. Rev. Dr. Weeks delivered the lecture at 5 o’clock.
Text: Hebrews, 2 Chap. 3 Verse. Went down to the Post Office. A
- August 15 – James G. Roberts and I have been
fixing the graves of Father, Galon, Grandmother Powers, and Unkle
Nathan, and Stella Roberts. We did not get them done. Mother and I
called on Rev. Mr. Walcott. He was away to preach a funeral sermon, but
got home just as we come away.
- August 16 – Mr. Roberts and I have been
fixing the graves today. We have finished them. Went up and got
Charles. He stays here tonight. Walked down to the Deacons. He told me
of a Scripture story. Phylantha, Julia Stearns, and Sarah Roberts heard
it. There are now some city boarders to Cyrus Bartletts.
- August 17 – Have been to work for Mrs. Williams today. Charles
have been down to Henry Howes [Henry N. Howe, son of Col. Eli Howe] to
a circle. Had a splendid time. We played sharades a ___. George
Holt and I were chosen as captains. We acted the words, Punch
Croock-back and Here-after. They acted words, Shakespeare and Castdown.
My side did the best.
- August 18 – Worked for Mrs.
Williams this forenoon. Her chimneys draw firstrate. Charles is going
to fix our arch kettles tomorrow. He, Mother and I have been down to
George E. Smiths and spent the evening. That is fine family.
Bought a watch of Selina Williams.
- August 19 – Charles fixed our
kettles today. Mowed one piece of oats on the Gibson piece.
Sold a cow to Freeborn Smith for $33. Carried Charles things up
to Newry. Took supper there. Went over to Neds. They have
gone over to John Surls (Searles). Mother went up to Lucelia Browns.
Mrs. Straw called here today.
- August 20 – Bought a bbl. of flour.
Paid $12. Sold Oneal Hastings two lambs for three dollars apiece.
Paid the Colonel (Eli Howe) $1.35 for carding wool. Paid Rosette
Stearnes two dollars for raking after the cart. Went up to Newry and
staid to Edwins all night. Helped raize a corn barn for Joshua
and Preston (Howard).
- August 21 – Come down from Newry this morning.
Edwin and Theresa come down with me. Went to church. Text:___. I helped
them sing this afternoon. Augustus and Matilda, Edwin and Theresa took
supper here. She is going to stay all night.
- August 22 – Cloudy. Killed
a calf. James G. Roberts cut his head off. Sold half of him to F[rye]
Hutchings. Let him have a gallon of maple molasses for two of West
India. Carried half of it up to Ithiel Smith. He paid me $4 which was
10 cts. a lb. Ned went up with me. Staid to his house all night.
23 – Come down from Newry this morning. I planned to stay at Augustines
last night, but they not act very glad to see me, so I did not
stop. I hope to God, I shall not get such a wife as Gust has got if I
ever marry. Have been fixing up round the yard today. Pat helped Straw
a little while this afternoon. Cut a few alders back of the house.
August 24, Got three loads of oats. Got out four loads. Hauled them
down to the island. Unckle Gideon [Powers] called here today.
Paid for the Maine Farmer till July 10, 1865. Mary Matilda Willis and
Elvira called here. Unckle Orson is digging a cellar under his horse
- August 25 – Have got a horrible cold, and my head aches bad
tonight. Mother and I went to see Walter. He is sick with dysentery.
Augustine went down after the doctor. Mother went to the Circle. I went
down and stopped a little while. Enjoyed myself very well. It has been
very hot today.
- August 26 – Took the corn I sold to Freeborn Smith down
to the Point. Mr. Eames came down to look at our steers. He took
dinner here. My cold is not much better. Pat has been helping Mr. Straw
this afternoon. It has been pleasant today and part of the time
very warm. Augustine and Nahum Frost went down to settle with Holt.
- August 27 – Got out eight loads of manure on the island. The wind
blowed hard from the nor’east all day. Got James express wagon and went
up to Newry after a bbl. of flour. It rained so I did not come home but
staid to Charles all night and slept on a new feather bed.
28 – Come down from Newry this morn. Took James wagon down and Gene
wanted me to carry she, Hannah S. Kenney and Sarah Roberts up to the
grave yard. Went down to Joseph Staples, and made a call. Ceylon
Russell stops with us tonight. It has been a fine day.
- August 29 – Finished mowing the oats today. It has been showery.
went up to Mr. Eames this morning. Mr. Bessey and son stay here
tonight. He and I went up to Newry. He wanted to see Asa Stearns.
Hannah S. Kenney and Gene Roberts staid at Neds last night. Gene
asked Theresa how folks could help having children. According to
appearances I guess she ought to know. She did not find out.
- August 30 – Unckle Hosea Huntress and wife stay here
tonight. Their youngest
girl is with them. Unckle Eli Howe and wife, Mrs. James Roberts and
Mrs. Ezekiel Jewett have been here visiting today. Rode down to
the village with Lauriston tonight. Four weeks ago last Sunday I gave
Elizabeth Roberts a ride. I took out my gloves and said put them
on. She told I said, I do not think to wear my gloves half of the
time. It is by word all about. If I had a mind, I could injure
her very much, but no, I desire to injure no one. If she wishes to
injure me, she can do so, but hereafter our friendship ceases.
What she should wish to injure me for I cannot tell but I am not the
only one who carries two faces with.
- August 31 – Looks like rain, has been cloudy all day. Got two
oats. Carried mother down to Galen Howes to the circle. Carried Charles
up as far as Charles Bartletts, then went down after Mother.
James Estes stays here tonight. They did not stop in the evening
at the circle. Have been mowing india wheat.
- September 1 – Has
been very pleasant all day. Mother has been down to Cyrus Bartletts
visiting this afternoon. Sold the oxen to James G. Roberts
for $125. He is not going to take them till Monday. Mrs. Straw
and Sylvania Williams called down here today.
- September 2 – Got out six
(6) loads of manure. The cattle laid out last night and they lay
out tonight. Went down to the Point and got a lantern, a lb. of tea,
and fish. Paid for all $3.74. Ball B. Willis called here this evening.
Liz, Gene & Almeron called in here last evening. Abby Rowe died
yesterday and was buried today. Elvi, Philantha & Gene went
up to the funeral.
- September 3 – Went up on Mt. Orson [the
mountain on his uncle’s farm] after the cattle but could not find them.
Sent Pat after them and he found them. Went down to the Point and got
the colt shod. Got a hogshead of C. A. Kimball. Paid him 75 cts.
Went up to Neds and staid the night. Plowed some in the
afternoon. Has been cloudy all day with some rain.
- September 4 – Have been up to Neds all day. He and I went
Charles and stopped for an hour or two. They have had the babies
picture taken. Sarabette gave me one. Hannah Black come home from
Bethel Hill sick last night. I called to see her. It has
been rainy all day. Brother Lufkin did not have any meeting
- September 5 – James come up to give me his note for the
oxen but I would not take it. Put a half hogshead in the yard for
the cattle to drink out of. Went down to the Point. Thales
commenced at the village today. Mother and I called into A.
this evening. They are very agreeable folks.
- Sepember 6 – Plowed
this afternoon. This forenoon hauled out four loads of manure.
The cattle lay out tonight. Mother and I called into Mr.
Straws and spent the evening. The colt went over on Miltons island to
night and I had to go down and take his great boat to get him. A
very fine day.
- September 7 – Went over the river to see if I could
get Mr. Russell to work for Mrs. Williams. Gathered apples up in
the opening. Mother went up to Aunt Julias visiting this
afternoon. Lauriston has been here this evening. We sung
some and read old letters. He took two of the letters he wrote me to
- September 8 – Got out four loads of manure. Gathered apple
under the mountain. We got about fifteen bushels. Mother
to Edwins with Selina Williams. It has been a fine day. Went to
the lecture in the village this evening. Col. Wm. Wort addressed the
audience. Also Judge E. W. Woodbury.
- September 9 – Ceylon Russell
staid with us last night. Have been plowing today on the
Gideon piece. Took oxen down to James tonight. They are
going to meet
me at the village tomorrow evening to organize a Lyceum.
- September 10 – Election is near at hand for Governor. I
have been trying to post
myself in regard to political matters for a few weeks past, and I have
come to the conclusion that it is my duty to stand by my country.
not mere party that we should look at, but we should look at the matter
calmly on both sides with unbiased minds and act as our judgement and
- September 11 – I shall take my duty, and if I
err, I shall have a clear conscience of all intent of doing wrong and
therefore have nothing to reflect upon, although I may regret. Carried
Charles up last night and stopped with him. Went to the meeting at the
Corner. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Lapham from Bethel Hill.
- September 12 – The cows lay out last night. I went after
them this morning but
could not find them. Went to town meeting and voted for Samuel
Governor. It has rained steady all day. Pat went after the
could not find them, so they lay out again tonight. Carried
Capt. [William] Barker out to Silvers. Theresa and Edwin have
been down today. Have been hunting for the cattle most all day, but
could not find them. Went down to the village with Lauriston. It has
been rainy all day. Called into James G. Roberts. Mrs. Roberts had just
got the cream in the churn. I brought the butter.
- September 14 – Went up to Newry. They counted votes at
Fessenden Stearnes [Samuel
Fessenden Stearns, son of Sumner]. I took dinner there. Pat
the cows back of the mountain in woods. Called into Aunt
Roxys. Have got a severe headache tonight. I carried the
returns from Andover up to Newry.
- September 15 – Went up to Bethel Hill
to get a stove for Mrs. Williams. Theresa and Rock Lane and
Sewell Lanes wife stay here tonight. Eugenia and Sarah Roberts called
up here. Rock gave Eugenia a ride. Went down to the village
to a Lyceum
with Hervey S. Hastings. I expect a surprise party tomorrow
night. [No entries for September 16 through the 20th]
- September 21 – Went up to Mrs. Williams this forenoon, and done
some plastering. Mrs. Williams is quite sick. Mr. Williams
come down and helped me
cut corn in the afternoon. We cut most of the piece on the island. Loch
cut their corn on the island today. It has been quite comfortable
- September 22 – James come up with his four cattle and
helped me haul corn up from the island. I put our steers on and
hauled up eight loads. It has been quite warm today.
Theresa come down
from Newry afoot. She and I went down to the village, and then I
carried her up to Newry.
- September 23 – Have been shocking corn back of
the barn. Ned Lane was drafted from Newry. He and
been down. Went up to a “paring bee” at James. We staid
eleven. I had just got home when James called for me to go up and
see what we could do about getting Ned free. We decided to go
see Dr. Bartlett tomorrow night. The rooster was crowing for
when we come home. It was half past three. We met some
fellows going to Canada.
- September 24 – Have been helping James
this afternoon. Went up and got Ned and Theresa and carried them
to James. He and James started for Dixfield about eight this
evening. They took our wagon. Brought Theresa up and then
home. It is showery tonight. It has been quite warm today.
- September 25 – James and Edwin got home at eight this
Bartlett came up to Dr. Roberts today, and they both made out some
certificates for Ned. I went down to the Point to get Lawyer
Rawson to administer the oath to Milton, James, Cyrus and the Deacon on
Ned’s account. He come up but it would answer, because it was
- September 26 – Carried Ned and Theresa up last eve. Mary
Matilda come down this morn and told me Mrs. Williams was dead and
wanted to go up and get Mrs. Mason. I went up and got her and we
down and told Emaline. Mother went up to Newry with the Deacon.
Elvira, Eugenia, and I went down to Mary Matilda’s room at George
Smiths and rehearsed our dialogue. Milton, James, Cyrus, and the
went down to Rawsons and took the oath, and I took the papers and
carried them up to Ned, got there about one of the clock in the
Eugenia was the girl who knew where I had gone.
- September 28 – Hauled in
some corn with the steers. One of them was sick tonight, but is
He ate to[o] much. Went down and got the grist, and went up to
see if Edwin was drafted. He had not got home. Oneal
Hastings and Joel
Foster went down last Monday and got exempted. Have been husking
- September 29 – Have been digging potatoes today. Edwin got
today. He got exempted. He and Theresa and Mother come down
Newry tonight. Went to Lyceum. Liz, Elvira, Tillie, Eugenia and I
dialogue. I hit Liz about “gloves.” I was on the Question,
but did not
say much. Very dark, and some rainy.
- September 30 – Have been husking corn. It has been rainy.
Philip C. Hoyt
called today. Mother and I called in to see Sylvania this
Gideon Straw and Ball B. Willis called in while we were there.
Aunt Ruby Mason was there. She is deaf as an adder.
- October 1 – Dug twenty five bushels of apples. Mother went
down to see the Deacon
and got about fifteen bushels of apples. Mother went down to see
Julia B. Foster. She has got a slow fever. Helen Staples is
[for the] next Lyceum and she wants me to be her Editor. Loch has
here this evening. Has been quite pleasant today.
- October 2 – Has
been rainy all day. Have written four letters. Went down to
Julia was. When I come up met Ceylon Russell. I took him in
gig and carried him down to Galon Howes. Called into Milton
- October 3 – Dug forty five bushels of potatoes.
Went up and helped Loch husk corn in the evening. Got home at
half past ten. Mrs. Straw and Aunt Sally called and spent the
Some fellows went down feeling pretty good. We halloed after them
when they went by the barn.
- October 4 – Cut the corn before the
house, and got it in. Got the pumpkins up from the island.
Went down to
mill tonight. Mother went down to see Julia B. Foster. They
their cattle into the fields below here today. Had a curious
night. I guess it will not amount to anything.
- October 5 – Turned
the cattle into the field this morning. Dug forty five bushes of
potatoes. Has been quite pleasant today. Nickerson Willis
is quite sick
with typhoid fever.
- October 6 – Took Loch and went up to dig
Charles potatoes, but Mr. Moore had dug them. We come down
finished digging ours. Leander changed work with Pat. Loch
colt and we went down to the village. Got my thin boots, that
- October 7 – Helped Loch today. We gathered their apples
and then husked corn. Mrs. Ellingwood and daughter was there
Aunt Hannah and cousin Stephen Andrews come here this forenoon and are
going to stay all night. Mr. Bessey took dinner here today, and
he come back here tonight.
- October 8 – Went down to East Rumford
with Bessey driving lambs. Saw Florett and Delia Abbott.
dinner at Mr. Knights. I took Besseys horse and come up to the
Point and drove twenty four lambs down to the Center. Theresa
stays here tonight. Bessey did not pay for his keeping.
9 – Carried Theresa up to Newry. Ceylon and I went up to Mr.
Eames. We stopped for tea. Aunt Hannah and Stephen went up
Aunt Julias yesterday and come back here today. They stay here
tonight. I had a good sing with Stephen. It has been very
- October 10 – Carried Mother down to Unckle Elis visiting this
and went after her tonight. Carried Helena Eames, and Miss
Kilgore out to Calvin Howe [resided in Rumford on present Route 5] to a
party this evening. When we come back Ezra Smith stopped his
horse sudden and run my colt into another wagon and broke a holdback
iron. I was very careless.
- October 11 – Carried Mother and Aunt Julia
down to Gilbert Howes visiting this morning and went after them
tonight. Have been husking today. Pedlar Stevens was along
today. It has been quite cool. Charles is to work for Webster
Holt. He carried some cane seat chairs home tonight.
- October 12 – Have been husking corn. Augustine was down to
mill today. He stopped
here to dinner. Orin Fosters girl is quite sick with diphtheria
Jonathan Virgins. Pat went up with Augustine to help.
and Leander [Leander Power, son of Orson] come down and helped me husk
this evening. Loch stays with me tonight.
- October 13 – Husked corn in
the forenoon. Went down to help Helen [Staples, daughter of
Joseph Staples] arrange the paper. It rained so hard they did not
a Lyceum tonight. Unckle William come over this afternoon and is
going to stay all night. Ned and Hervey come down to the Lyceum.
- October 14 – Helped Loch most all the forenoon. Carried
William over to Unckle Tim Ayers. Went up and paid Selina for the
I bought of her. Loch come down this evening to help me make a
dialogue, but Freeland Moody come down after him to set up with
Nickerson Willis [possibly Octavius N., son of Jonas Barbour
Diptheria has broke out again in this town. George Holt [George
of Timothy Holt] has got it.
- October 15 – Helped Lauriston chop wood in
the forenoon. In the afternoon Loch and I went down and dug
potatoes for Jonathan Virgin. Loch come down to help make a
dialogue, but we did not do much about it. We was so
sleepy. Shot a
squirrel up in the pasture on a maple tree.
- October 16 – Brother Lufkin
preached up to the old meeting house today. Edwin and Theresa,
Charles and Sarabette was down here today. Carried Walker down
some maple molasses. Called into Mr. Straws. Went down to a
the school house by Rev. Mr. Walcott. Saw Flora Bartlett [Flora E.,
daughter of Elias Shaw Bartlett]. She come up to the Deacons
- October 17 – Husked corn most all day. Went down to
Lyceum. Carried Mother and Elvira. I have a declamation
“the dying soldier.” Elvira and I wrote a piece entitled
“Chronicles.” It was a firstrate paper, and the best Lyceums we
have had. Cloudy tonight.
- October 18 – Went up to Newry and got Ned and
Theresa to come down and help while the threshers are here. They
their machine about noon and threshed 90 bushels of grain in the
afternoon. 20 of it was india wheat. We went down to the
and spent the evening. Had a first-rate time.
- October 19 – Elhanan
went home with Elvira. They finished threshing about noon.
137 ½ bushels of oats. Carried some grain to the
Carried Ned and Theresa home tonight and staid all night. Mary E.
Smith was there and spent the evening. I went home with
her. A fine
- October 20 – Ned, Theresa and I went up to Bethel Hill to the
Did not see anything to interest me much except the “horseback riding”
and “trotting match.” Also, catching the ”greased pig.”
Come down to
Neds about sick, vomited on the way. Staid there all night.
- October 21 – Come down from Neds this morn, and have been
husking corn all day. Went up and helped Unckle Orson’s folks on
their apples this evening. Two Howe girls stays here tonight.
Dropped my watch out of my pocket and broke the crystal all to
Quite pleasant day.
- October 22 – Have been husking corn today.
Broke the crystal out of my watch last night and went over to Rumford
Corner and gone one put in. Went up to Unckle Peters and staid
night. Jo Goss [Joseph Benson Goss, son of Thomas Goss] was
Illinois and brought home tonight. Unckle Peter is going to start
Monday to get Lewis body [Lewis, son of Peter, died in Washington, DC,
10 July 1864].
- October 23 – Went to meeting at Beans Corner in the
forenoon. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Swett Text P:1st Timothy, 3rd
a part of the 16th verse. Called into the Deacons and spent the
evening. Mrs. Straw and Sylvania called here in the
Hastings called. Quite pleasant.
- October 24 – Carried
Charles down to the Point this morning. Plowed with the steers
this afternoon. This evening called into Mr. Straws. They
expected the village folks up there, but they sent word that some of
them was so situated so they could not come, and some of them did not
want to come. A pleasant day.
- October 25 – Plowed in the forenoon.
In the afternoon husked corn. Mr. Barker, and another man took
here. I swap[p]ed watch chains with him, and gave him thirty
Sold him some cat skins for 50 cts. Pat has gone down to Fosters
- October 26 – Have been cutting alders today. Went down
Charles to the Village. Gave Matilda Willis and Lucy Howe a
Charles Burnsides for what I was owing him. Carried him to Newry
staid all night. Mr. Rowe staid there from West Bethel.
[No entries from October 27 through November 1]
- November 2 – We come
down this morning. We chopped eight loads of wood & I piled
it up today. Went down to the mill this evening. Lauriston
down with me. Dr. Abbott lectured at the village schoolhouse on
Got some cider at the Deacons. Rec’d letter from Wm McCann.
- November 3 – Edwin R. Lane and I chopped wood in the woods
today. We went up to
Newry and we went to the circle to Lawson Smiths. We come home
and staid to Edwins all night. Aunt Lufkin told us not to make
much noise. Nevertheless, I went on a mission. Enjoyed
- November 4 – We come down this morning and went into the
woods and worked until eleven and it snowed so hard we quit and I
carried Ned home. Flora E. Bartlett came down with me. It
hard, however we got home dry, and right side up. It snowed about
two inches and turned to rain.
- November 5 – It has been very cold
today. Theresa come down with the ministers folks.
commenced this afternoon. I carried Theresa up and [went to]
[Ball Bartlett Willis] and stopped till after the meeting. Mrs.
and Mrs. Coburn stop here tonight. Went up to prayer meeting this
- November 6 – Went to meeting. Sermon this forenoon by Rev.
Lufkin and this afternoon Sermon by Elder Colby. Text Acts.
[Webster] Holt stopped here to supper. Called into Fosters and
wanted me to go down to the village with her. Called into the
and had a good time.
- November 7 – Went up to Littlehales and met Ned. He
and I have been to work in the woods today. We went down to the
village this evening. Called to the Deacons. Pat went down
and got his
foot measured for a pair of boots. Cloudy but no rain.
- November 8 – Ned and I have been piling up wood in the
woods. He took
the colt and went home tonight. It has been a fine day, but rains
tonight, commenced about dark. Ned was to work for me and did not
to go up to Newry to vote, so I did not go. We offset.
- November 9 – Edwin and Theresa come down this morning. We
have been piling
wood today. Edwin, Theresa and I went up to Mr. Straws this
evening. We had a gay old time. Ollin E. Saunders [son of
R. Saunders] called to rehearse a dialogue, we are to have tomorrow
night. Elvira has gone up to John to work.
- November 10 – We went
into the woods and worked this afternoon. Theresa, Sara Roberts
J., daughter of James Gardner Roberts] and Flora E. Bartlett come up
into the woods where we were to work. Commenced to rain about
and rained till about three P.M. I carried Sarah and Flora home.
to Lyceum. I did not do much on the question. One dialog
well. While coming home Pret. Howard tried to run by Cyrus
and I, but
he got played out good. Aunt Lois Bartlett [Lois Powers, wife of
Ebenezer Bartlett] stays here tonight.
- November 11 – Ned and I went into
the woods and piled up what we had cut. I carried Edwin and
home and helped plow for Oneal Hastings in the afternoon. The
Philantha Howard and Flora E. Bartlett went up Mr. Joseph Howards
visiting today. The minister gave me two turnips.
- November 12 – Plowed
in the forenoon. Sarah and Lucy Powers [wife of Peter Powers]
here tonight. Aunt Julia spent the evening here. Sarah,
I went up with her. Looks very much like a storm. Elisha
funeral sermon is going to be preached at the old barn tomorrow.
- November 13 – Has been quite snowy all day. Went down and
got my hair
cut by William Barker. Went to funeral. Sermon by Father
Lufkin. Text: John 6, Chapter 14 Verse. Ceylon Russell [son
William and Eliza (Clark) Russell] spent the evening here. He
watch to see if it keeps good time. We talk of swapping the watch
for a clock.
- November 14 – About six inches of snow fall. Got the
sheep. I found all of ours. Went to the village.
see the Deacon when I come back. Flora E. Bartlett has got a sore
throat. She told me her name was Flora Evelyn Bartlett and got up
of ½ of a pint of peanuts that it would not thaw as much by half
past ten tomorrow as it freezes through the night. Threshed the
today. Got five bushels. Edwin was down and got his
paid me forty five dollars toward the oxen. Went down to the
and got my sleigh fills (?). Called Unckle Orsons this
evening. He was
good as pie.
- November 16 – Hauled two loads of wood. Went to the
Sarah and Lucy Powers stay here tonight. Elvira, Abner, Almeron
Modestus Gardner, Sarah and Joshua, Philantha, and Ceylon have been
here this evening. It is quite good sleighing now and this
- November 17 – Chopped wood in the forenoon. In the
afternoon hauled two loads of wood. Mrs. Straw called in here
evening. Sarah and Lucy stay here tonight. Received a
Corydon. It has been a pleasant day.
- November 18 – Have been
chopping today. Sarah and Lucy went up to Unckle Orsons this
afternoon. Spent the evening at Ball B. Willis. It has been
warm today, insomuch that the snow is mostly gone. John Bean
mother sley to move with.
- November 19 – Edwin come down this morning
after mother. He said Theresa had got diphtheria. Sarah
Powers has been
here today. Took tea at Unckle Orsons and spent the evening
Sarah and Joshua Roberts, Philanthus, Neville and Sarah Howard, Almeron
& Modestus Roberts, Bick Stearnes and Freeland Moody was there.
- November 20 – Went up to Newry to see Theresa. She is
Loch got home last night. Called into the Deacons and
James. Sarah and
Lucy went home today. Charles has got home from Gorham. It
rough wagoning now. Loch stays with me tonight. Quite warm
- November 21 – Edwin brought Mother down today. Almeron come
up and I
shingled his hair. Have written four letters. Loch has been
evening. Selina come down after me to get her horse shod
has been rainy all day. Loch and I went after the sheep.
- November 22 – Went up and got Selinas horse and took it down to
the Point to get it
shod, but could not. Went up and got Timothy Hastings to shoe
dinner at Charles, and supper at Neds. Hannah Black is there to
It is awful muddy traveling.
- November 23 – Went up and chopped
wood for the minister. Took dinner to Charles. It is very
traveling now. Helen M. Staples, Melisa Staples, and Matilda J.
[daughters of Joseph M. Staples] have been here today, visiting.
intending to go over to Unckle Peters and stay all night if they had
not been here.
- November 24 – Mother called me up at two of the clock
last night, and said her throat was sore. This morning I found
got diphtheria and went after the doctor, then over the river and got
Sarah Powers. We had a good time while I was there. Unckle
wife come over to Unckle Orsons today. The Deacon, Philantha, and
Eugenia called in here this evening.
- November 25 – Mother was no
better this morning, and went after the doctor, but he was gone.
Killed the hog today. Mr. Straw helped me. It has been
quite warm all day. Adam Kimball and Straw went after the sheep,
but did not find any. Angela Powers come over today. She is
- November 26 – The doctor called this morning. He said
mothers throat was doing well. I sit up with her last
Angela Powers is here. Sarah Powers and I called down to Fosters
and spent the evening [and] we had good time.
- November 27 – Angela and I
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