Elijah B. Treat
Transcribed and Indexed by:
Dorothy A. DeBisschop
Some Family Genealogy
1. ELIJAH TREAT, was born in 1775,
and baptized April 16, 1775 in Milford, CT; He died Oct. 14, 1837, aged
sixty- three, in Oxford. He married on Dec. 8, 1796, Esther Rhodes, of
Milford, according to the Milford town records, or Esther Mallory,
according to other records. She was baptized in Oxford, Dec. 28, 1890,
and on that day she and her husband were admitted to the Congregational
Church there. Mr. Treat came to Oxford as a young man and was a farmer.
He started the Treat- DeBisschop Homestead.
is Children were:
- 2. PHILOMEN, b. Jan 6,1797, d., about 1870, aged 73; m. ,
- 3. MARIA, b. Dec. 22, 1799; d Jan 26, 1856; m. Clark
- 4. THIRZA, b. Dec. 27, 1802; m. 1st Jarvis Sherman; 2nd
- 5. PATTY, b. Nov 4, 1805; d. Feb 7, 1855; m. Hiram
- 6. ATWATER, b. Sept. 4, 1810; m. Ott 30, 1835,
Elizabeth A. Terre11
- 7. STEPHEN, b. April 4, 1813; m. Mary C. Terre11
- 8. ESTHER, m. Eli R. Terrell, of Bethany.
6 ATWATER TREAT was the second
generation to live in the Homestead. His brother Stephen was granted a
portion of the original farm, and built his house by the Old Chestnut
Tree Hill Pond and the Rimmon Sawmill. It was located on what is now
(Dec., 1992) property of the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company. Atwater’s
9. Frances Eunice (called Fannie), b. Sept.. 5, 1836;
d. April 18, 1859, aged 22 yrs.
10. Jane Elizabeth (called Jennie), b. May 27, 1838; d. April
19, 1863, aged 24 yrs., 11 months.
11. Mary Ann, b. May 27, 1838; m., Sept. 14, 1859, Edwin S.
12. Bryant A.; m. 1st Caroline Ellen Treat; 2nd, Sarah Hill.
13. Charles, b. Dec. 12, 1843, d. at age 5.
14. Elijah B. Treat, the author of this diary, b. Nov.
13, 1850. He was a farmer, school teacher and served in a variety of
public offices, including town auditor, clerk of the Board of Health,
Justice of the Peace, School Visitor, agent of the town deposit fund,
trustee of the Clark fund, clerk and treasurer of the school district,
member and secretary of the Board of Education, assessor and Trial
justice. In addition, he was an Assistant Town Clerk, Deputy Registrar,
Road Inspector, Moderator, and Treasurer of the Oxford Public Library.
He was also a director of the Pines Bridge Cemetery Association. At St.
Peter’s Episcopal Church, he served as Sunday School teacher, senior
warden, treasurer and clerk. The year he kept this diary he was 19
years of age and unmarried.
15. Idella Maria, b., May 11, 1853 in Homestead. Died Aug 9,
1876, aged 23.; Married April 17, .1871, Charles W. Robinson of
Southbury, who was born March 16, 1840 and was the son of Gilbert &
16 Frederick Lewis, b. Feb 7, 1856; d. Aug. 21, 1858, aged 2
Elijah B. Treat married Sarah
A. Curtiss, daughter of Charles L. and Delia Curtiss of Monroe. The
couple had four children:
17. Jennie, b. 1874.
18. Florence, b. 1877, married Horace B. Perry of New Haven.
19. Mary, b. 1881, married H. 0. Chatfield of Seymour.
20. Atwater C. Treat, born Feb. 15, 1883, married Jennie
Andrus. This couple were the parents of Marion Treat, who married
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1:
I kept school as usual. It snowed and hailed all day. It was a very
severe storm. I think as severe a storm as I ever remember. There fell
of snow and hail together about 5 inches on a level. 5 scholars in
morn, I in after.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2:
We all went up to shop and house. Root finished oiling harnesses then
he and me went up by Denos to dig out the road. We got the road open at
noon. In afternoon I went up to Uncle Burt’s afoot. It was very hard
walking. I staid all night. It snowed.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3:
I was up to Uncle Burt’s today. They all went to church but George Shea
and me. After tea Uncle Burt came and brought Aunt Jane, George and me
over. We all attended meeting to schoolhouse. There was between 30 and
MONDAY, JANUARY 5:
I kept school as usual. It was cloudy all day. I had eight scholars
today. Bruce and Mat went up to house tonight from Edwin’s. Bryan went
up to shop to file the saw. I ciphered some and we sung some. I wrote a
letter to Mr. Trowbridge.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5:
I kept school as usual. It rained part of the time. Was foggy the rest.
Had five scholars. It was sposhy underfoot. Bryan and Charlie Sherman
went to Middlebury Center. I ciphered a little tonight.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6:
I kept school as usual. Went up to Mr. Denos this morn then came down
to Edwin’s. It was clear and windy. I took dinner to Edwin’s. Sarah
& Bell Root went to Waterbury in the sleigh. I done chores went
over to Uncle Burt’s with Edwin. Good time.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7:
I kept school as usual. It was a very nice day. Charlie Hill & me
had Bryan’s horse & sleigh and came down to Oxford to Christmas
tree. I got a prayer book and new handkerchief.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8:
We had a fine time last night. All the boys & girls was out. We got
home about 11 o’clock. Charlie went home. I helped father & Willie
shingle on new cow house. It was a splendid day. I was at home at eve.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9:
I hitched up the horse in good season went over to Center. Then up to
Southford. I went up to see Elmer Pardee. Mary Wooster rode up with me.
I came back, went down to Seymour and got present for scholars. Cost
$1.09. I went over to center late a. m.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10.
Yesterday I visited Frank Davis school on the hill. In eve E. N. Riggs
& me came over to Center. I called at Mr. Hudson’s & got my
boot. Today we all went to church but Father. He came and brought me
up. He staid to Uncle Burt’s. There was 52 or more to meeting.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11:
I kept school as usual. Went over to Edwin’s at noon. Father went home.
It rained some afternoon. Bryan’s horses run down to steam shovel to
Bradley Corner. Smashed up the wagon and lamed the black horse. Bryan,
Edwin & me went down to the horse and got him.
MONDAY, JANUARY 12:
I kept school as usual. It was cloudy most all day. The trees are all
loaded with ice and look very nice. I ciphered in evening a
considerable. I took dinner to Edwin’s, done chores alone tonight. Root
got some medicine for the sick horse with bone out.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13:
I went up to Bruce & Mat’s this morn & Charlie came down back.
It was unusual pleasant morn. Beautiful the trees glistened liked
diamonds. Received a letter from P. M. Trowbridge. I kept school today.
Went up to shop & made an evener for team.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 14:
I kept school. It was very nice day. The ice fell off some. Took dinner
to Mary’s Idella & Lena R. came up and visited school, then went up
Bryan’s & Bruce’s after school. I went up to Mat’s and drove down
to Bryan’s with them. Had good time. Went up to Mat’s in eve.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15:
I arose at one half past four. Done up chores, went to Bruce’s to
breakfast. Had good time. Took Bryan’s wagon wheel down to Edwin’s to
be fixed then came to school. The ice that came on Monday night fell
off today. It rained some.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16:
I kept school. Mr. P. M. Trowbridge came out and visited school. He
said the scholars had improved well. Was about all he said. Uncle Ben
came over today. Aunt Jane & Emma was over to Mats. Root, Bryan
& me were up to Bruce’s in eve.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17:
Charlie Hill & me walked over to church to Middlebury and went to
Congregational in forenoon, in afternoon went to Methodist. Fred Sutton
was to church. He is going to school up here. Meeting at school in eve,
about 50 or more there. Good meeting.
MONDAY, JANUARY 18:
I kept school as usual. It snowed some. I took dinner to Edwin’s. Mary
went down home yesterday to stay this week. I was up to shop in morning
and home in evening taking care of horses, etc.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19:
I kept school. Went up to shop this morn and got an ax. It was a very
pleasant day. Charlie Hill and me went over to Uncle Burt’s in eve.
Then George Lea, Emma & me went down to Naug. 76 persons. Had a
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20:
We had a good time last night. We had music & singing & had
some good Ahbs. Got home quarter to 12. I kept school as usual. I was
at home in eve. Mrs. Hill was down to Bryan’s tacking comfortable. I
was sleepy in evening.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21:
I kept school. I have eight scholars all the while and nine when Howard
comes. Bryan & me went over to borrow Frank Wheeler’s horse to go
to Middlebury. But he had gone to meeting and we came back home.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22:
I kept school, done chores, etc. It was a nice day. I had a letter from
Jim Thomas. This eve we all went up to Bruce’s. Bryan & me went on
up to see Sam Fenn. Cold & slippery.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23:
I kept school this forenoon. Had it out at noon. Finished my term of
school keeping of 12 weeks. Idella came up and brought up Mary and
Hattie. I came home and bought Jennie with us.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
Everything lovely. I went to church. We all went but Father. It was a
clear beautiful day. I went up to Southford in eve. Went to meeting
&went home with Meifs Leena. Had a very good time. Staid until 11
o’clock with the girls. Very pleasant.
MONDAY, JANUARY 25:
I arose this morning & helped do up the chores. Then Father and
Mother said I had better go to school to Frank Davis and I finally made
up mind and went to school. It was clear.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26:
I went to school all day to Frank. In eve Willie, Idella & me went
over to Lyceum Debating Society. N. C. Riggs appointed me as secretary
& I could not get excused. There was a good many there. Pleasant
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27:
I went to Seymour today. I got some paper collars, got 2 qts. of
kerosene oil and had a tooth pulled. It pained me all the afternoon. I
did not do too much. I felt about sick.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28:
I did not sleep much last night. My tooth bled all night. I got up at 2
o’clock this morn. Came down stairs. Father & me finally stopped my
tooth bleeding with ashes & cotton batting. I was weak from loss of
the blood & was dizzy.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29:
I arose this morn with a slight headache. I went to school in forenoon.
In afternoon was at home doing nothing. Mrs. Robinson, Lillie, &
Lena were down & staid to dinner & tea. It was a warm day.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30:
I went to school all day. It rained from 12 last night until this
morning. Susan & Mrs. Tucker come up to our house. Father went over
to Oxford Center. It cleared off and was a nice day but windy. Home in
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31:
I did not go to church. I was about sick with a hard cold. My eyes were
so sore I could hardly turn them. Father, Mother, Idella, Jennie &
Willie all went to church. Clear.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1:
I went to school all day. I was better today some. I have got a very
hard cold. It was clear and cold. Frank made out report for the Lyceum
after school. I was at home in eve. It now clear and cold.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2:
I went to school until recess this aftern. Then I came home because
Mary and Uncle Burt came down an hour or two. Willie, Frank Davis, and
me all went over to Center. I acted as Secretary.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3:
I went to school. It was storming, snowing and finally turned into
rain. The snow and sposh is about two inches deep. I studied Geography,
Grammar, & Arithmetic & spelling. Made out my report in eve.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4:
Willie & me both went to school. Father went down to Seymour, got
wheel to the buggie fixed. I went over to Hennie Cable’s to Sewing
society. I went along. Quite a number there.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5:
I went to school until 2 o’clock when Frank went home with a hard head
ache and cold. He was about sick. I went down in woods & helped
father chop. Came up and done chores & ciphered in eve.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6:
Willie drew up wood. Father & me chopped all day down in lower
woods. That is we trimmed out the tops where Henry Church took butt
trees worth $5 112 a piece. He is to cut 30 trees, oak & chestnuts.
I went over to Center with Willie.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7:
Father & me went to church. Mother did not go because she &
Idella & Jennie had hard colds. They had quite hard ones. I went up
to Clark’s and Franks. I staid until nine o’clock. Mary & Edwin
came down. I went back.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8:
We done our chores, then Father went down in woods and finished
trimming up the tree that we left Saturday. Willie drew up wood all day
& I split and cut small wood all day until about dark. Done good
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9:
Father, Mother & me went down to Seymour with the folks on the hill
to Mrs. Clark Botsford’s funeral. She was buried in Pines Bridge.
Sermon in Church. Number there. I went to Lyceum.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10:
I have been to school today. It was foggy and rained some. Father
exchanged calves with Staple Washband and got $3.00 to boot. I made out
the report for the Lyceum tonight. Father and Mother Davis called at B
Davis in the eve.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11:
I went to school. Father went to mill in afternoon. It rained
&snowed some today. It was foggy in forenoon. Father went down to
Mrs. Chatfield’s then came up and George Henry Washband got a load of
hay. Albert came up to sing.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12:
Father & Willie chopped wood for Mrs. B. Beach today all day. It
was a nice day. I went to school and wrote a composition. Done chores.
Seth Washband came and took our calve and left his’n yesterday.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13:
Willie & me drew stone south of grove and Father laid them up in
south west corner of the lot. It was a very warm day. I did not feel
very well today. I had the head ache.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14:
We all went to church but Father. It was muddy there, was quite a
number there. I went to Sunday School, came home, went down to see Mr.
Chatfield’s foot. It was very bad.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15:
I went to school. It commenced to rain last night and rained hard until
about 10 o’clock. It was icy. The trees were all loaded with ice, but
all fell off today. Hart Davis was up to our house tonight. It was
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16:
I chopped or split wood this forenoon with Willie sawing in afternoon.
We all went and pried up stone south of grove. Willie, Idella, & me
went to Lyceum. I read my report, etc. Had a full house. It was muddy
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17:
I worked at wood a spell this morning then Willie & me drew stone
all day south of the grove. Father went down to Wm. H. Davis's, came
back and built stone wall. Hannah Candee & Lizzie Leek came over
but Idella &me was to church this even. Quite muddy.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18:
Father & me went & moved a stove for Authelia & charged her
50 cts, then we came home and he & Mother went to Woodbury. Willie
& me drew stone in afternoon, carried 4 load. Albert came and gave
us music lesson.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19:
Willie & me drew stone some today. We finished drawing from the cow
house down to the spring. It was snow- squally some & cleat- some.
Cut some wood. Albert Dutton was up here and gave us a music lesson.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20:
I & Willie done chores, then we sawed & split wood. I went down
to Seymour, walked down to Davies brick block and back in 2 hours &
25 minutes in the snow& mud. Father & Mother came home. It was
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21:
Willie, Idella & me went to church. After church she and me went up
to Woodbury. Went to meeting to schoolhouse. Staid to Edwin’s all
night. It was foggy, the reason we staid all night.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22:
I went up to Bryan’s and from Edwin’s this morn & up to Bruce’s.
Saw all of the folks. Came back to Edwin’s and came home to dinner. I
went to school in afternoon. Albert gave us music lesson.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23:
It rained hard most all day. I went to school. I went over to Center to
Lyceum. My time expired as Secretary and F. A. Leek appointed in my
place. I was appointed to speak next Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24:
I went to school all day. It was clear and cold. Father and Willie
worked at sone. I went to Center to church in eve. There was only 19
there. Charlie Rodman was down & girls. It was nice evening.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25:
I went to Seymour this forenoon with Mother. In afternoon I went to
school. The visiting committee came out this morning , I was not there.
Albert came and gave us a music lesson. Charles Sherman staid at our
house all night.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26:
I carried Chas Sherman to Seymour to the cars. Willie & me both of
us went to school. It snowed from half past eight in morn until night
from northeast. It fell as much as 8 inches deep on a level. It came
without drifting. Very bad tedious day.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27: No entry.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28:
We all went to church but Mary & me. Then Edwin went to church
after church. They went home. Idella & me went up as far as
Southford. Called at Mr. Robinson. Leena went out sleigh riding with
Elmer Poselee. Hattie, Idella & me went to meeting.
MONDAY, MARCH 1:
I went to school all day. Willie Stiles went to school. Father went to
Seymour then up to Oxford to town meeting to see about the roads. It
TUESDAY, MARCH 2:
Willie & me went to school. Father & Mother went & carried
Chas Sherman up to Woodbury. Willie & me went over to Lyceum. I
spoke for the first time in my life. Good sleighing. It snowed some
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3:
Father & Willie chopped. I went to school after I had been over to
center to mill and down to Mrs. Dutton’s after milk and up to store.
Good sleighing. Meifs Tomlinson, Frank’s cousin, came to school. Mother
& me carried Mrs. Pease over to center but was no church.
THURSDAY, MARCH 4:
I went to school all day. Father & Willie worked for Authelia
Beach. Had Wales’ oxen. Idella & me went up to Frank Davis's then I
went up to get Nettie Botsford and brought her down. Ema Tomlinson
& Clark were there. We had a good time.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5:
Father & Willie worked for Authelia Beach. I went to school. I went
to center at noon. Idella & me went up to Clark Riggs as he invited
us. I went up and fetched down Nettie Botsford. Emma Tomlinson, Frank
Davis, Bernice &John Fairchild &wife were all there. I took
Nettie home then Idella & me came home at 12 o’clock.
SATURDAY, MARCH 6:
We had a first rate time last night & night before. Today we worked
up garret in forenoon because it snowed in afternoon. We chopped and
drew up three loads of wood. I done chores last night, night before
last and tonight. Snowed more tonight. Quite good sleighing.
SUNDAY, MARCH 7:
Mother & me went to church. It was communion. It was good sleighing
but cold. Willie Stiles’ Mother married Mr. Savingle this morn and then
came up here and staid to tea. I went down to B. Davis.
MONDAY, MARCH 8:
Father& Willie went up to old place in morn and got one load of
wood and one log in afternoon. Willie went to school. I went to school
all day. Went to Seymour & up to center in eve. Stopped at Henry
Lum’s to see family but did not.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9:
Father & Willie & me worked at wood . Father & me chopped
&Willie drew up to the house. Idella & Nettie Botsford and me
went to Clark Riggs 2 1 st birthday party in evening. We had a good
reception. Quite a number there. Took Nettie home and then came home.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10:
Willie, Idella & me went to school. It rained very hard all day.
Lancy Davis staid to our house all night. I went to bed early. Good
time last night. Everything frost off good.
THURSDAY, MARCH 11:
Father & me went over to look at some wood land of Wales Chatfield.
He asked me $75 and I offered him $50. I went to school in afternoon.
Willie & me walked over to spiritual meeting.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12:
We all went to school. It was out today. Idella & me went and
carried Jennie up home. Mary Sherman & Mary Parmellee started for
our house before we got there. I staid to Charlie Sherman’s. Idella to
SATURDAY, MARCH 13:
Idella & me took breakfast at Bruce’s, then we came down to Bryan’s
& Edwin’s. Staid a spell and came home in forenoon by way of
Southford. Mary Sherman & Mary Parmelee went home from house.
Willie & me drew stone.
SUNDAY, MARCH 14:
We all went to church but Father. It was a clear and beautiful day.
Quite a number there. It was muddy some. Frank Smith was to our house
MONDAY, MARCH 15:
Willie & me piled up some wood. It snowed most all. We sawed our
log into twice for our roller pin. Eve Father, Mother, Willie &me
went to center to hear James Babcock speak on politicks.
TUESDAY, MARCH 16:
Willie & me chopped wood at the door. I split wood & Willie
sawed. Father & Mother went to West Haven. Willie & me went
over to center to Lyceum and them came home.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17:
Willie & me worked at the wood pile. He sawed and I split. It was a
very pleasant day. Father & Mother came home from West Haven.
Father saw Willie Stiles’ mother & father.
THURSDAY, MARCH 18.
We all worked at the wood pile. Father went over to center after a load
of slabs for Mrs. Beach. Willie & me went over to center in eve and
got our grist.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19:
Father & Willie worked for Authelia Beach until noon. I trimmed
apple trees Hannah Candee staid here last night & went away today
in afternoon. Willie & me drew stone. Father worked for Authelia.
Albert Dutton gave us music lesson.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20:
Father went over to center. I worked around. Then Father 5% Willie went
up to old place after a load of wood. Idella & me went to Edwin’s
by way of Southford. It was muddy. I got $1.75 for me, six for Father.
SUNDAY, MARCH 21:
We all went to Church. Willie & me walked over and back. It was
windy. Quite a number to church. I was at home in the eve. Annie Davis
was up to our house.
MONDAY, MARCH 22:
I trimmed apple trees south of house a spell then Wales Chatfield and
me went over to center then up to Southford to Court. I got my deed of
the land I bought.
TUESDAY, MARCH 23
I ciphered until 2 o’clock afternoon. When it cleared up we made a
place under new barn for calves. Worked in old house, chopped wood.
Willie & me went to Church & Lyceum. There was a few there.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24:
I trimmed apple trees, then Willie & me drew stone for Father to
set up. We commenced at ten o’clock to draw. It was a nice day and eve.
I took a ride tonight. Had a good time.
THURSDAY, MARCH 25:
Father went to Seymour in morn. Willie & me fixed up stone in
afternoon. We all pried up stone east of schoolhouse meadow. It was a
nice day and beautiful evening. Muddy traveling.
MARCH 26, GOOD FRIDAY:
It rained very hard all day. Willie & me walked over to center to
church, went up to the post off ice. I stored and them came home. It
was muddy. We had some eggs, etc.
SATURDAY, MARCH 27:
Father, Willie & me put up fence down in the woods this forenoon.
In afternoon, Father went to hire a ship in church. I pruned apple
trees. Willie pulled wood. We done chores. Frank Davis and all of us
went down to Mrs. Tucker.
EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 28:
I went to church. Our folks did not go because Charlie Davis &
wife’s little girl. They staid until 4 o’clock. Very pleasant day. The
sun shone warm. It was very muddy. The frost coming out. I was home in
eve. It was cloudy.
MONDAY, MARCH 29:
I painted my box and our wagon and shafts. Father worked at our roller.
Willie washed some. Father & Willie worked for Authelia Beach a
while. It stormed. The wind blew and it rained hard.
TUESDAY, MARCH 30:
It rained. Father & Willie and me worked in old house. Father went
over to saw mill and got some stone drag plank sawed. Eve worked at our
roller. John Treat came up. He, Willie & me went over to Lyceum.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31:
Albert gave us music lesson. John & I went up to Woodbury. We
stopped at Oxford Center a little while and then we went up. It was
very muddy. I went to Bryan’s and Sarah had got a little girl baby,
born last Saturday. I came home.
THURSDAY, APRIL 1:
This morning Willie & me went and filled up holes south of grove.
Then I went and rolled down the ground south of the grove. We all
worked out on the lot that we are to work on, drawing stone and plowing
for bottom of wall.
FRIDAY, APRIL 2:
I rolled down the piece south of grove then I went out and Willie &
me drew stone the rest of day and Father laid them up. We done chores
and it rained hard at eve. Wales Chatfield called to our house and read
SATURDAY, APRIL 3:
Father & Mr. Sutton hewed & scored a stick for our cow house.
Then painted new cow house and hewed 21 ties up to Authelia. Willie
& me drew stone. In afternoon I went to Seymour for Mother. I went
to caucus to night. B. J. Davis came home from Oswego.
SUNDAY, APRIL 4:
Father & Mother went to Woodbury. Willie, Idella &me went to
church. Walked over and back. There was a good many there. Orland
Osborne & wife came to church. It was snow- squally. I was at home
MONDAY, APRIL 5:
Father & me went to town meeting. I took our horse rake over and
showed it around and saw men that thought they should buy them rakes.
Willie pried stone. It was clear. English & Jewell candidates for
TUESDAY, APRIL 6:
Jewel elected by 200 or so. Willie & me drew stone in morning.
Father laid them in afternoon. Chas. Sherman & family came up today
from W Haven. I went to center in eve. Did not stay long.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7:
This morning Chas. Sherman and folks went to Woodbury with Mother. We
worked at stone in morn. In afternoon it rained and we worked on new
stone drag. Fred Sutton staid all night here.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8:
This morning Fred went home. It was very clear morning. Willie & me
drew stone. Father laid them. Idella & me went over to center to
get a letter registered. We called at Henry Lum’s. Saw Georj &
Fannie & Fred Sutton.
FRIDAY, APRIL 9:
Willie & me carted the dirt to fill up the holes where the stone
came out. Father pried up all day. After dinner I drew some large ones
and some small ones. Albert gave us music lesson.
SATURDAY, APRIL 10:
We scraped out the dirt, then went to drawing in large stone for bottom
of the wall. Father & Willie pried them up and I drew them to wall.
Albert gave us music lesson before dark.
SUNDAY, APRIL 11:
We all went to church. Mother & me walked over. It was clear.
Idella & me went up to Woodbury. We went to Edwin Bryan’s and the
meeting to schoolhouse. I came home. Got home @ l/ 2 past 10 p. m.
MONDAY, APRIL 12:
I took our rig over to Albert Tomlinson this morning. Then I went up to
my woodland and looked over it. Saw to me of the bounds. I came home
and trimmed up the grape vines. Music lesson.
TUESDAY, APRIL 13:
I plowed for oats east of big meadow. All day Willie cleaned up meadow
& Father laid stone. Mother & Idella went to Seymour. There was
a snow- squall today.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14:
I plowed and finished the piece east of the big meadow. Mrs. Swingle
came up from New Haven. Willie, Idella went to meet her to the cars.
Father made stone wall. It was a clear day. I went to Seymour in aft.
THURSDAY, APRIL 15:
I went up to Authelia’s and got 2 bush of oats. Then I went to Seymour
and got 2 l/ 2 bush of oats. Got home, went to sowing them. We got the
oats sowed, harrowed and brushed in grass seed. It was good day.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16:
Willie & me drew stone. It was cold day. Father laid stone wall. I
& Mother & Mrs. Swingle & Idella all went to Beacon Falls.
We sung in eve. There was something in the sky that streaked up and
down the sky and came to a center.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17:
I went over to Mr. Benjamin Nichols with our pig this morn and brought
his back in afternoon. Albert Dutton gave me music lesson. Father &
me laid up some stone. Willie rolled in big meadow.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18:
Edwin, Mary & children came down last night. We went to church. It
was very warm. All of us went but Idella, Hattie & Father. Mrs.
Swingle & Willie went to walk. Edwin went home. I was at home in
MONDAY, APRIL 19:
John Treat and t came here last night. John staid and went home this
morn. We carted dirt and pulled out some stones. Mrs. Swingle went home
on 4: 24 p. m. train. Mrs. Davis from Colorado called here.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20:
I started this morn to sell horse rakes. I went down to Pines Bridge
and then went up to John Smith’s and sold him a rake. To deliver it
between 15 & 20 of June. Went over to Skokorat and saw Mr.
Doolittle and Tom Gilliard. They are to let me know soon.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21:
It rained this morn. We went and spread dung and bushed it down &
knocked it to pieces. In after we chained up meadow. I went over to
center. Came back with N. C. Riggs.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22:
I cleaned up meadows all day. Willie & me picked up a cart load of
brush. It was a nice day & beautiful eve. I went down to Mr.
Fairchild to Sewing Society. There was only a few there.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23:
We cleaned up all the rest of meadows. We finished this forenoon. In
afternoon we drew out large stones with the oxen. We filled up some
holes. Idella went and got Susan Smith to make a dress.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24:
Willie & me went down to Seymour this morn. I bought me a new brown
hat and paid $2.50 for it. In afternoon we all drew stone and done some
scraping. I carried Susan Smith home. It rained in the night- a thunder
SUNDAY, APRIL 25:
We all went to church but Father. He had a sore throat. I hard a hard
cold. It was clear and windy. There was a good many to church. I went
down to James Wheelers. Idella & me went over to Orland Osborne’s
Saw his wife & him. We all went down to Hennie’s & staid a
MONDAY, APRIL 26:
Father went down to Mr. Gillets and got two pigs. This morn Willie
& me plowed the garden while he was gone. We planted this piece of
potatoes east of house. The first we planted. We carted dung down onto
potatoes by Mr. Davis’.
TUESDAY, APRIL 27:
We finished getting out manure then Father plowed. Willie & me
planted potatoes down by Mr. Davis’ all day. Mother went & carried
Idella up to Woodbury. It was clear and warm.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28:
We planted potatoes down by Mr. Davis’. Aunt Jane, Mary Sherman, Mary
Augusta &John Treat all came here from Woodbury and went to West
Haven. It was a clear and nice day.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29:
I went fishing & caught 3 trout, then fell into the brook and came
home. We all went over to hear Bishop Williams. There was seven
confirmed. It rained hard.
FRIDAY, APRIL 30:
We all drew stone and then scraped out dirt to put in the bottom. It
was clear. Aunt Mary & Jane & Mary Sherman, they all staid all
night. They came up from West Haven.
SATURDAY, MAY 1:
It has been raining all day. Father & me fixed our wagons. We put
it on the riming part & I put washers on the buggie. Aunt Mary was
here. It rained hard.
SUNDAY, MAY 2:
I went to church this afternoon horse back. It rained all day like
suds. There was only a few to church. Aunt Mary was here. Clark and
Frank’s wife was down here in eve.
MONDAY, MAY 3:
We scraped and drew out stone. It snowed some. The wind blew like
thunder. Willie & me went over to store and got a plough and shore
TUESDAY, MAY 4:
School commenced today. Willie & me drew stone. Father laid them
up. We scraped out the bottoms for the wall. F. G. Davis came down. We
walked down as far as Mr. Chatfield’s and came back.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5:
Willie & me got out 13 loads of manure down east of big meadow.
Father laid up stone by schoolhouse and down by grove. I went over to
Orlando Buckingham’s with N. C. Riggs, stopped at store.
THURSDAY, MAY 6:
I went down and got Phillip’s cart. Willie loaded 15 loads of manure
and I took it up to corn piece east of schoolhouse meadow. Father
helped on load and laid stone wall the rest of the time. I did not go
up to Mrs. Hawley’s Sewing Society.
FRIDAY, MAY 7:
Willie & me got out manure 12 loads up east of schoolhouse. Father
layed up stone & helped me unload. I went to center tonight. Bryan,
Sarah & Charlie Treat & Mrs. Hill came down here.
SATURDAY, MAY 8:
I plowed a piece of big meadow for potatoes & corn. Willie &
Father planted some. Bryan went to New Haven and back. Sarah & Mrs.
Hill stayed here. It was very clear some of time & rained some.
SUNDAY, MAY 9:
Willie went to church with me. Father & Bryan went together. Quite
a number here. I went and carried Mrs. Hill up to Woodbury tonight
& brought back Idella. Bryan he went home. Good ride up and back.
MONDAY, MAY 10:
Willie & me got out 14 loads of manure. Father layed up stone &
helped me unload. Stevie Treat came up here tonight and staid. It was
TUESDAY, MAY 11:
This morning Stevie & me carried six loads of dung out which
finished our corn piece east of schoolhouse lot. In afternoon father
plowed. Stevie, Willie & me planted six rows of corn. It was clear
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12:
Father plowed. Willie & me spread manure and planted nine rows of
corn. Stevie Treat was here. He worked for Idella at her flowers. I saw
the schoolteacher this morn and talked with her and me.
THURSDAY, MAY 13:
Willie & me planted corn. We planted about 15 rows. We spread
manure for Father to plow. Mother went and carried Stevie Treat up to
Woodbury. It rained a little today.
FRIDAY, MAY 14:
We planted corn -- 12 rows of it. Father plowed. I went over to Center
tonight and carried Idella, carried Lizzie Leek & Hannah Candee to
ride. Got a letter from John A. Treat. Aunt Mary was here.
SATURDAY, MAY 15:
We spread rest of manure. Willie & me plowed 12 rows & Father
finished, plowed and planted 1 row. Bruce & Mat came here& took
Aunt Mary down to West Haven. It rained. Willie & me went a fishing
& got 16.
SUNDAY, MAY 16:
We all went to church but Father. It rained at noon and all the
afternoon. I wrote a letter to John Treat. I went over to Center with
Frank and Clark Smith Osborne had a fight with a railroader and broke
MONDAY, MAY 17:
We all planted corn & finished the piece east of schoolhouse
meadow. There was about 5 acres of corn I guess. It was cold today and
the wind blew. It was clear.
TUESDAY, MAY 18:
We three worked for Authelia getting out manure, plowing & planting
corn. We worked all day. Charlie Sherman & Stevie Treat came here
from Woodbury. We all went up to old pond fishing.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19:
Father, Willie & me went to Authelia’s & finished plowing &
planted some corn until 11 o’clock. Then we came home and got a load of
hay. Did not do much in afternoon.
THURSDAY, MAY 20:
Father & me worked on road all day. We earnt $6.00. Hart &
Wales worked in afternoon. Willie worked for Authelia Beach today and
finished plowing. I went to society to Hotel in eve.
FRIDAY, MAY 21:
We all worked on road down towards watering trough. From there up to
Mr. Chatfield’s. We had our team & earnt $8.00. I went in & saw
Mr. Chatfield. Very poor.
SATURDAY, MAY 22:
We planted broom corn, sweet corn & pop corn today east of big
meadow. I helped Mr. Davis load one load of hay. Charged him 25 cents.,
Did not pay me. It was windy.
SUNDAY, MAY 23:
We all went to church, it was a splendid day. Quite good many there.
Idella & me went up to Edwin’s & Bryan%. Went to schoolhouse
but was no meeting. We came back. Beautiful evening. Got home l/ 2 past
MONDAY, MAY 24:
Father & me bent ox bows. I put up scare crows in afternoon. We all
pried up stone. I received 11 horse rakes from Bryan by Charlie Hill
& Nelson Blakesley. Rake delivered to Harvey Chatfield.
TUESDAY, MAY 25:
I started this morn & went down to Washband’s corner and saw Henry
English and Albert Chatfield and they are going to have rakes. Came
back by Quaker Farms over through Center and back.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26:
I started, went down to Seymour, had the horse fixed. Went up to Bungy.
Henry Wheeler was as due if not heard from in 10 days. Went over to Mr.
Gilliard. Sold Thomas my rake and came back horseback. Got caught in
shower. I staid to tea.
THURSDAY, MAY 27:
Father & me worked on road along Chestnut Hill. Willie plowed the
rest of corn lot for turnips Edwin & Mary came & staid all
night. It was clear & nice today.
FRIDAY, MAY 28:
Father worked on road. Edwin & Mary went to Seymour. He sold his
team of horses. Willie & me put fence down by flat lot. We went up
to Lewis Davies &got two loads of chips. It rained. I carried one
load to Mr. Sutton. I went & got papers.
SATURDAY, MAY 29:
I carried a load of chips to Mr. Sutton’s. Father & me had Mr.
Davis’ oxen. We went & carried 38 ties to R. Road at Christian
Street. It was warm.
SUNDAY, MAY 30:
Father & me went to church. It rained some. Idella & me went
down to Hat- to Davises. Had a good time. Burton & Susan were there
& Meifs Ella Palmer, School teacher from North Haven. We had good
time. Cake & wine.
MONDAY MAY 31:
I greased 10 horse rakes this forenoon & filled the worm holes
some. In afternoon I put up bean poles, bushed the peas & planted
Musk melons & howed in garden. Willie & Father laid up stone
TUESDAY, JUNE 1:
I started this morn. Went up and got Jobammy Gunn. Said he might come
and get a rake in a week. Saw Mr. Wilmot. He said he might buy one. I
went to Naugatuck, saw Edgar Andrew. Went to Bethany to Ren Beecher’s
and staid all night.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2:
I staid to Mr. Beecher’s until 11 o’clock . Had a good visit with Fred
& his folks. It rained part of day. I came home. Did not sell any
rakes. Willie howed potatoes. Father plowed them out.
THURSDAY, JUNE 3:
Father plowed out potatoes. Willie & me howed down by Mr. Davis’. I
went to Sewing Society to Mrs. Candee’s. Had a very good time. Got home
l/ 2 past 2 o’clock. I took Mary Wooster & Susan Smith home.
FRIDAY, JUNE 4:
Father & me sheared 10 sheep. All we had to shear. Got through
early in afternoon. I went up to old place to see the cattle. Saw they
was all right, came home, done chores. It was foggy.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5:
We howed some in morn. In afternoon I went and took our ax to
blacksmith shop. Came back. Mr. Chatfield died at 5 o’clock. I went
over and told Egbert Warner. Frank Davis &me watched until half
past 7 o’clock with corpse.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6:
I got home, went to bed, got up about 10 o’clock. Got ready &went
to church. Mr. Chatfield was buried at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Went
over and called on Louisa and Mary Candee. Charlie & Heather
Robinson was there. Very good time. Got home l/ 2 past 10.
MONDAY, JUNE 7:
I went down to Henry Wheeler’s Then over to Lewis Doolittle’s and sold
him a rake & left it. Got pay for it. Came home. We all howed east
of big meadow, corn & potatoes. It was very cool today but clear.
TUESDAY, JUNE 8:
I started, went down to West Haven, stopped at Lauren Tyrrell’s going
down. Went from Uncle Stephen’s over to New Haven to Theological
convention as substitute delegate for Wales Chatfield. Went back in
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 :
Great many people in city. I staid to Uncle Stephen’s last night. Went
over to Mr. Thomas & up to Ernest Williams. Saw both of them I came
into city with Mary Augusta. Got a linen coat & cassimere pants
& vest for $10.25. Saw a large number from 6 to 12 thousand people.
Children’s anniversary. Stopped at George’s .
THURSDAY, JUNE 10:
We howed this forenoon. In afternoon we went up to hoe. It came on
& rained. Willie & me stopped in school about one hour &
visited Meifs Ella Palmer School. It rained quite hard.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11:
Willie & me plowed all day. Father plowed out corn in morn. In
afternoon he howed with us. In eve Idella & me went down to
Burton’s. Meifs Palmer, Lucy Davis &Willie was there. Had a good
time and good supper strawberry cake!
SATURDAY, JUNE 12:
Father plowed out corn in morn. In afternoon he howed with Willie &
me. We howed 15 rows today. Idella & Mother went to Oxford Center.
Got 50 lbs. of meal. It was a nice day, clear evening.
SUNDAY, JUNE 13:
I began with whooping cough. Willie & me went to church alone. It
was clear most all day. Quite a good many to church. It was foggy at
dusk. Frank Davis, Frank Smith, Clark Riggs, Fred Sutton & Annie
Davis were all to our house.
MONDAY, JUNE 14:
I went down to Seymour; done about 2 dollars worth of trading. It
rained. I oiled harness. In afternoon we howed one row of corn a piece.
Father worked at matching boards for partition in well room.
TUESDAY, JUNE 15:
We all worked at hoeing. Mr. Sutton worked here painting the sink room
& varnishing the carriage & buggie. It cloudy & rainy some
today. I have been home in eve.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16:
Mr. Tucker came up. Willie, him & me howed. We howed 30 rows of
corn today. It was clear. Meifs Palmer came down to our house after
water. I was home in eve.
THURSDAY, JUNE 17:
We put in a sill into our lower cow house. I showed Ros Chatfield and
Noyes Peck a rake. They liked them very well, School teacher &
Lency stopped here tonight. It was raining today. (Mistake: this is
what I done the 22)
FRIDAY, JUNE 18:
I went to Beacon Falls with Mother. Came home & went to Seymour in
afternoon. I got my hair cut & pd 25 cts for it. I got a pair of
martingales & done a considerable trading.
SATURDAY, JUNE 19:
Willie howed for Authelia yesterday and today. I was at home about
sick. Father went down to barn raising to Mr. Fairchild’s. I went down
to Seymour & got I cwt of meal. Paid $2.10 for it.
SUNDAY, JUNE 20:
I went down the hill this morning. Saw the colts. Came back &
Charles, Mary & Harrie Sherman was to our house. I did not go to
church because I had the whooping cough.
MONDAY, JUNE 21:
Willie & me ashed corn. Father mowed clover south of house. Frank
Smith came over here this afternoon. It was showery. Towards night
Frank paid me $15.00 bal on his father’s rake.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22: (Mistake: This is what I done the 17th)
I went out to John Smith’s & took his rake. Mary Parmelee &
Mary Sherman came here from Woodbury & went back again. Father
& Willie finished howing our large piece of corn.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
We worked in yard in morn. In afternoon we ashed corn. In eve we all
went to strawberry festival. I took Hattie Robts, Ella Palmer &
Susan Tucker to supper. I bid off strawberry cake & got some boys
& girls to help eat it. Had a good time. Spent $2.00.
THURSDAY, JUNE 24:
I started this mom with three horse rakes. Took one to Milo Northrup; 1
to Albert Chatfield and took his note. I went from these down to Mr.
Russell’s and sold him one rake for $24.00 and come home. I went to
Hart’s in eve.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25:
We plowed out our potatoes & howed some of them down by Mr. Davis’s
We opened our clover south of old house. Turned it over & raked it
up. Edwin came here with his harpoon horse pitch fork. Meifs Poland
stopped here an hour. Idella had a good time.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26:
I plowed potatoes & howed some. Father & Willie howed. We
finished piece by Mr. Davis'. George Lombreg & wife came here from
Meriden. Uncle Burt, Charles Sherman came from Woodbury & staid all
SUNDAY, JUNE 27:
I was at home with whooping cough. Uncle B & Charlie went to
Seymour. George & Lizzie & Bryan & Sarah staid here all
night. It was rainy & cloudy. I was at home in eve. Frank &
Clark was down here.
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THURSDAY, JULY 1:
I plowed out corn in forenoon. In afternoon I howed with Father &
Willie. They howed all day. We howed 16 rows of corn. I stopped at
schoolhouse at noon and had a chat with Ella Palmer.
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SATURDAY, JULY 10:
I mowed in big meadow a little. We got in 2 loads of hay from meadow
that George use to have. It got wet some yesterday afternoon.
SUNDAY, JULY 11:
I went over to Center with our folks. Went up to Hotel at noon with
Charlie Robinson. Sat out in carriage during sermon. I came home, went
down to H Davis’s & spent a pleasant eve with Ella Palmer. Had a
MONDAY, JULY 12:
I finished morning in big meadow then I went and mowed a little piece
in meadow east by the oats. We got in three loads out of big meadow. We
heaped up there a good day yesterday. (Mistake: read this for tomorrow
& tomorrow for today)
TUESDAY, JULY 13:
I mowed in big meadow. Got in 2 loads of hay. It was clear. I went to
center in eve to get some things for Father. I saw a number of folks.
(Mistake: that happened yesterday.)
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FRIDAY, JULY 23:
I went to Quassapaug. Carried Lois & Fannie Lum to picnic. We drove
over to Woodbury, came down to center & danced, then came home.
There was 20 of us. We went to Lewis Tyrrell’s
SATURDAY, JULY 24:
I mowed a piece up by schoolhouse. Felt sleepy all day. We got in one
load that I mowed. Father & Willie got in our rye, two loads of it.
SUNDAY, JULY 25:
We all went to church but Father. Mr. Swingle came up and got Willie
and took him home. I went to Southbury with Elmer Pardee & Charlie
Robinson. Went up to Church. Very pleasant.
MONDAY, JULY 26:
I went raspberrying down the hill. Saw Burr Johnson & Elizur
Talmadge getting my green peaches off the trees. I went over&
worked for Mr. Sutton 3 or four hours at turnips.
TUESDAY, JULY 27:
I went down & set out some turnips. Father went and got the oxen
shod. We opened 16 heaps of hay by school house & got it wet &
plowed a little.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28:
I mowed down an acre and half up on north end of school house meadow.
69 heaps of it. Got in one load that got wet yesterday.
THURSDAY, JULY 29:
I pitched off a load of hay, went down & set out some turnips then
went and plowed out by the corn for turnips and harrowed it some. Mary,
Jennie & Father & Baby came down & staid all night.
FRIDAY, JULY 30:
I mowed an acre & a half up by school house. There was two good
loads. We got in three good heaps and one small one. Mary, Jennie,
Hattie Baby & Idella all went to Woodbury. Good hay day. I went
over to center in eve and got papers.
SATURDAY, JULY 31:
Emma & Carly cradled oats for us yesterday afternoon. Father
finished them this morn. I went and mowed about two loads of hay and
got it in. Fred Smith helped us this afternoon for a quarter of dollar.
He staid all night.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1:
I got up about light this morn. I done up chores and got ready and went
to Edwin’s. Went to Woodbury to church in afternoon and saw Uncle
Burt’s folks, Bryan’s folks, Bruce, etc. Then came home. Had a good day
MONDAY, AUGUST 2:
I went and mowed one load and a half of hay down east of grove lot.
Father & me finished raking our oats. We got in one load of oats
and one of hay. We had 32 shock of oats in all. It was clear.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3:
We pitched off a load of hay. I went & mowed two small loads of hay
east of little barn. We got it in, cleaned all up. It was clear.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4:
Father, Frank Smith & me worked at hay & finished the lot east
of grove. Our mowing machine broke down. We had to mow by hand. Got in
two good loads of hay and two loads of oats.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5:
Father & me carted manure out to the turnips. I went over to Mary
Hendsons to Sewing Society in eve. Had good time, Good many there.
Brought Idella home.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6:
I went over to center this morn and got the connecting rod to our
mowing machine mended, then came home and mowed down the sheep lot,
heaped it all up. Did not get in any.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7:
Father & me got in the hay in the sheep lot. Got it all in and
cleared up all of our upland hay at 3 o’clock . I went over to center
just at night and back.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8:
We all went to church. It was clear. I went to Sunday School; opened
the library as usual. Thomas Gilliard paid me 35 dollars for a rake. I
went to center in evening. I did not go to see any girls.
MONDAY, AUGUST 9:
Father & me worked on road down below 6. We done the road up good.
Town Dr. $6.50 for today. It was clear & warm Most too warm to work
on the road.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10:
Father & me worked on road all day hard. It was clear. Took a ride
at night to G. S .
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11:
I worked on road down towards Mr. Fairchild’s. Idella carried Louisa
& Mary Candee up to Mr. Robinson’s a blackberrying. Did not get
home till dark.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12:
Our folks went to West Haven. I went over to center & carried my
boots to Mr. Hudson. I came home & did not do much, only milk the
cows. Susan called here just at night.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13:
I got weeds out of garden this forenoon. In afternoon I got weeds out
of corn. Father & Mother came home from West Haven. I done all
chores while they were gone.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14:
I went to center this morning and got my boots. We threshed about 7
shock of rye today. Lacy Davis was here. I carried Ella & her home.
Edwin & Mary & Bob came down.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15:
Father & me went to church alone. In afternoon it was rainy some.
Edwin & Mary went home. I took Ella to ride down to Seymour &
up to Oxford. Got caught in thunder shower. Good time. Got home 11
MONDAY, AUGUST 16:
Father & me threshed a little rye and cleaned it up. I got the oxen
&went to cleaning up the yard for sumac. Lewis Robinson came up to
Mary Ame’s place today and begun to clean the house.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17:
Father & me went down the hill and got the sheep butchered, 1 lamb.
I picked 50 qts of blackberries in a little while. I went and carried 2
bush of rye to mill .
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18:
I went to Seymour after we had got chores done & got home about
half past 2 o’clock. I had a tooth pulled &done considerable
trading. Came home, washed up buggie, went up to Authelia’s and got
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19:
Father got sumac. I went after it. Broke our cart axle. It was warm. We
had society today. Few in afternoon. Lots of them in evening. We had
pleasant time. More here than has been to society in two years.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20:
Father went and cut sumac. I staid home cleared up yard and put out
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29:
We went to church all. Uncle Manta & Father & I went up to Mr.
Riggs in eve. Took Alice Clark to ride. Went down part way to Seymour,
then went up most to Southbury and back again. Had a splendid ride.
Nice driving. Got home 11 o’clock.
MONDAY, AUGUST 30:
I took case of sumac Father cut down to Wm. Church’s. I cut some weeds
in corn and picked the cucumbers. Uncle Manta was here.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31:
I staid at home. Took care of sumac. Put up two loads on to bay. Father
cut sumac down to Wm. Church’s. I worked around all day. It was clear.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
I took Uncle Rasmante Rhodes to Terrill gathering over to Uncle
Bennet’s. Had a nice time. Danced in evening. 36 members of family
present & 20 not members of family. Played baseball & croquet .
Smoked cigars, etc.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:
Today had a good time. Started for home with Idella about 3 o’clock.
Got home about 7 o’clock. Ellen gave me a beautiful boqute out of
dalias & box. Had Authelia Beach’s horse to go with.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
I went down to Rimmon with father & thrashed up a load of sumac. A
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4:
I took care of sumac, Father went down to Rimmon & got a small load
of sumac. Then he went to town meeting. I worked hard all day at sumac.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5:
Mother & me went to church. It was very dusty. Idella & me went
up to Mary’s tonight & up to Bryan’s Went up by way of Longmeadow.
Came back by way of Southford. I got home half past 9.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6:
We got in two loads of bedding out of our swamp. We went and took out
cattle down across the turnpike. Father went to Oxford, got the oxen
shod. I wrote a letter to Elley Terrill.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7:
We fetched up sumac this morn. It was rainy some. I went to Beacon
Falls, then went to get a load of bedding. I was home in eve. We traded
steers with Phillip. Got $6.50 to boot between them.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8:
Father & me worked on road this forenoon. In afternoon it rained
hard. I went up to school a little while. Came home done chores. I went
up to Mr. Riggs’ in eve. Had a good time. Julia C. &Alice were
there. Got home half past 12.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:
I worked around this forenoon. In afternoon I carried Idella up to
Mary%. Got back about six o’clock. Saw Charlie Robinson & Nettie
& Lyman Gill, Bryan & Sarah staid here all night.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:
Bryan & Sarah & two children went home from here. Father &
me worked on road down towards old turnpike. Mother & Mary Augusta
went to Seymour & got some tin & home in eve.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:
I worked on road this forenoon down by Mr. Davis’. Mother, Mary Augusta
& I went to Beacon Falls. I got me a pair of boots. Fine ones for
$4.75. I called Lewis Robinson this eve.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
Mother, Mary Augusta &me went to church. Bruce & Mat came down
& got Mary Augusta. I went down to Hart’s Took Ella & Lency to
ride over to Red City & back. Got back & spent the eve with
Ella. Had as good a visit as I ever did in my life. Got home l/ 4 past
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:
We went up to old place. Cut a little sumac and looked around. Saw that
there was no grapes & came home. I went to carry Mrs. Pearce some
money - 38$. I carried Hannah Candee up there, got home half past ten
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14:
I went to center, got horse fixed & came home. Mr. Rhodes &
wife was here. I went up to John Davis & got some flowers. I went
& carried Ella Palmer & Lency Davis up to Mary Parmelee’s to
tin wedding. Had splendid time. O! what fun.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:
Mr. David Rhodes & wife went home & went to tin wedding last
night with us. Came back & staid at night. We moved Briers today
down the hill. I had a headache some. Went to bed early.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:
Father & me dug 11 bush of potatoes &got them in. I went to
sewing society up to John Davis’. Had a good time. Carried Ella Palmer
home & went to ride down towards Seymour. Splendid eve & good
time last night. Ella was here.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:
Father & me dug 12 or 13 bush of potatoes down by corner. I went
over to center tonight & mailed a letter, ret one from B. H. Davis.
I got the Journal of Commerce.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:
Father & me dug about 4 bushel of potatoes. Father & me picked
up some apples in big orchard & cut up a piece of corn east of big
meadow. I went down to Mr. Davis in the eve with Frank Davis.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19:
I went to Ansonia with Frank Davis to funeral of Norton Bradley’s wife.
She was carried into church. I got home at quarter past five. Did not
go away in evening.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:
I went to Oxford Center this morn. Mailed one letter to Alice C. &
one to Bernard. Went to blacksmiths. Got kettle. We dug some potatoes,
8 bushels. I went to auction down to Mr. Chatfield’s place. I was home
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:
Father & me dug about 16 bushels colebrook potatoes down by Mr.
Davis’ &got them in. Sprinkled some.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:
Father cut corn in forenoon. I went to Beacon Falls & carried 2
pigs at $5 each. Came home. Father & me both cut corn in afternoon.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23:
Father & me both cut corn all day.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:
Father & I cut corn all day. It was cloudy some. We worked at corn
all day. Went to Oxford in eve with Frank Davis. Got a letter from A.
C. Went a horse back.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:
Father & me cut corn. I went over to Center at night with Lewis
Robinson to caucus. Mother went to Woodbury & back. Henry Terrell’s
wife’s boy came & staid tonight.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:
I was at home all day. It rained hard and the wind blew a gale. It was
the line storm. I wrote two letters, one to AC., one to J. H. R. Henry
Terre11 & wife & boy here.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:
Henry Terrell & wife & boy went away from here. I picked up a
few apples. Went to cut corn, both of us. I went & took 2 letters
to office. Went horse back with Frank Davis.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 :
Father & myself in forenoon gathered up the pumpkins & beans.
In afternoon we stacked some corn. Went to school meeting in evening.
Got home about 10 o’clock.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29:
I went & carried a pig to Beacon Falls. Came home. Uncle Burt &
Aunt Jane , Mary & Harrie Sherman were here. Went to West Haven.
Father & me did a few potatoes. I worked for Authelia 2 hours at
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30:
I went a hunting gray squirrels. Did not get any. Went & dug up
potatoes with Father. Rest of forenoon got in all the rest of
Colebrooks - 9 l/ 2 bush. In afternoon I went to office & got a
letter., Went down to Seymour & got some barrel hoops & piece
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1: No entry
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2:
Father & me went & picked up apples in Miss Cobbs orchard. I
went up to Authelia’s and bound stalks. Mary & children &
Idella came down home & Father & Mother went up to Uncle Burts
& carried 2 pigs. I went over to center with Frank D. & N. C.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3:
I got up l/ 4 to 7 o’clock. Done my chores in rain. It rained hard all
day as it could. Commenced at 10 o’clock last night. Rained tremendous
hard. I took supper & breakfast to Lewis Robinson’s. Father &
Mother came home from Woodbury at night.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4:
I fussed around this forenoon. In afternoon I went to center with
Father to Town Meeting. It rained very hard until I o’clock, then
cleared up. The brooks was the highest I ever see them. Everything
flooded to the center.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5:
I went down the hill, got about 2 qts of chestnuts. Fetched my cart up
and Lewis Robinson cleaned them. Father picked up apples. I did in
afternoon. I picked 2 314 bush of Baldwin apples to put up for winter.
It was clear part of the day and cloudy.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6:
I went down the hill, picked walnuts & butternuts in forenoon. Got
home at dinner. Henry Terrell’s wife & boy there. I & Father
picked up cider apples. Uncle Burt came & staid all night.
Woodbridge fair today.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7:
Father & me dug potatoes down by Mr. Davis. Dug between 18 & 19
bush of Gleans. I picked some winter apples. Very nice day. I was home
in eve. Henry Terrell’s wife & boy were here. Came last night from
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8:
I picked up apples and picked off some from the trees. We picked about
all of winter apples. We loaded one load of cider apples and I carried
them to mill and then loaded the other load.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9:
Father & me made 4 l/2 barrels of cider over to Carby’s mill. It
was a beautiful day. I washed up my buggie in afternoon. In evening a
wrote a letter to Bernard Davis and then went over to L. Robinson.
SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 - 11: No entries
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12:
I went to our cattle show. It was cloudy. We had a splendid time. More
articles than ever before in the hall. I went down to Mr. Tucker’s with
Idella & Lewis Robinson & wife. We had a good time. Got home
about 10 o'clock. Hart Davis took his colt away.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER, 29: No entries.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30:
Father & Mother & me went to Seymour this afternoon. I bought
me a dress coat, blueblack beaver cloth for $16.00. I hired out to Wm.
Church to keep school in the 10th district for 15 weeks at $6.25 per
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31:
Father & Mother & me went to church. I attended Sunday School
as usual. Went up to Post Office at noon. I went down to B. Davis in
eve. Then Authelia Beach & children came down here and staid a
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1:
Father, Albert Dutton & myself all husked corn all day. There was
quite a snow squall today. It was cold and cloudy and the wind blew
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2:
Father, Albert Dutton & me husked corn. We husked about 50 bushels.
Carried it up garret. I bought an overcoat of Albert for $10.00 paid
for it down. I went to center to debate with Lewis Robinson. Got home
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3:
Father & me got in one load of stalks. Then he & Charlie Beach
got them in all the rest of the day. I husked some corn. I went over to
center & was examined by Dr. Barnes for school work. Got my
certificate from home.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
I pulled a few turnips. I helped Frank Davis get in stalks. Then he
helped us work at turnips. Idella & me went to Hennie Cable’s to
society. Had very good time. Charles Sherman came and staid all night.
Albert Dutton visited us.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5:
Albert Dutton, Father & me pulled rest of turnips & got two
loads of corn & put it in barn. We had 70 bush of turnips in all
and over 300 bush corn this year.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6:
Got in all of crops. Father & me got in three loads of stalks and
cleaned up the lot east of schoolhouse meadow. Then we pulled turnips
east of the big meadow and let the cattle in. I was home in eve. Uncle
Stephen & Mother went to Bryant & back today.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7:
I went to church. In afternoon up go Congregational church and rode
home with Clark Riggs. Father went to West Haven & carried Uncle
Stephen home. I done up chores. Staid home in eve. It was cold and
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8:
Charlie Beach & me took our fire down to James Wheelers. Then I
(??) over the alfalfa and Father came back from West Haven. He fetched
up some oysters. I went over to center in eve and down to Mr. Sutton’s.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9:
I went up to Woodbury. Stoped at Edwins. Went up to Bryans. Then up to
Uncle Burts. Staid all night. It was windy & cold. I carried up
oysters, turnips, pumpkins, wool and etc. Quite a load.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10:
I started from Uncle Burt’s about 10 o’ clock. Went over to Bryan’s
then went down to Edwin’s. Brought Charles & Charlie Sherman down
from Woodbury to our house. Charlie & Ellen Terre11 came over
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11:
Both Charles Shermans went to work for Authelia Beach shingling house.
Father & me worked at the wall at the barnyard. I carted some dirt.
Mother, Idella & Ellen Terre11 went to Seymour. Charles &
Charlie Sherman here.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12:
Father & me went over to my piece of woodland. Bought one load out
to the road. Then we took 12 sticks for ties and carried them to Mr.
Sutton’s to be hewed. Mother, Idella, Charlie & Ellen Terre11 all
went to Seymour. Charlie & Charles Sherman are here.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, MY Birthday:
Father& me husked the corn we had in the barn. Finished it all up.
We dug the dirt out by the yard gate and carted it on to the road.
Ellen & Charles Terre11 & Idella went up to Woodbury.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14:
Mother & me went to church. I attended the Sunday School as usual.
It was quite stormy. It snowed about 3 inches deep but it melted. Not
many to church. In the evening read in the Bible 13 chapters.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15:
I went down to the 10th District and commenced keeping school. I had
six scholars today. The snow most all went off. I went over to center
tonight with Charlie Terrell. It was moonlight.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16:
I kept school. Had 9 scholars today. Quite pleasant day. In eve Charlie
Terre11 & me went over to center to Lyceum . Had a good time. Ret a
letter from Bridgeport. Ellen 2% child staid at home.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17:
I kept school. Only 3 scholars there. It rained tremendous hard when I
went down but cleared off. I went to center in eve with Charlie Terre11
after some salt, etc.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, THANKSGIVING DAY:
I went down to Seymour this morn. Charlie Terre11 went with me& we
got Uncle Stephen. Aunt Mary, Emma Andrews, Stephen A. Treat, Uncle
Burt, Aunt Jane, Edwin, Mary & Family, Bryan & family were all
here & Charlie & Ellen Terrell.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19:
We had a nice time yesterday. I rode down to schoolhouse with Edwin. I
kept school. Charlie & Ellen went home today. Bryan & Sarah,
Uncle Burt, Aunt Jane all went home. Uncle Stephen went home on the
train. Very good day.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20:
Edwin, Mary & three children went home. I & Father & Stevie
shelled some corn. I went down to Pines Bridge & got Charlie Davis
&wife & child. He & me & Stevie went over to Center to
mill. Charlie Robinson & Lena called about two hours tonight.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21:
Father, Idella, Charlie Davis & me all went to church. I attended
Sunday School. Mr. Seabury preached. Bruce brought Aunt Mary down to
our house. Took Emma Andrews back with him. I did not go away in
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22:
I kept school. Had six new scholars this morn. It clear and nice. I
carried Aunt Mary & Mrs. - Charles David & little girl to the
cars. Charlie & Stevie walked down to the cars. I kept the horse
and rode home. I went up to schoolhouse in eve with F. D. C. R.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23:
I kept school as normal. It was stormy in forenoon and did not clear
off at all today., Rode down horseback. I went over to Lyceum in eve.
Got home at 11 o’clock. Smoked 3 cigars in eve.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24:
I kept school as usual. It rained until nearly night. I got a ride up
to Mr. Ormsby’s with a fellow from Southbury.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25:
I kept school. Judge Wilcoxson & Orlando Osborne came & visited
my school this forenoon. I went over to Orlando Osborn’s to sewing
society tonight. I went alone. Danced in eve with Hattie Roberts. Had
very good time.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26:
I kept school. Idella came down after me. Went up by way of the Center.
Got newspapers. Saw Candee girls & Leena Robinson. Came home, done
chores. Charles Sherman was here in eve.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27:
I went down to James L. Wheeler’s with Charles Beach to take our pig. I
went over to center, got horse shod. Johnny Par- tree came home with
me. Took tea went back to center. Both of us called at Mrs. Candee’s.
We three and all Candee girls had tip top time. Gay.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28:
I went to church, my father, all went. It was clear. John Partree was
to church. Eli Pat- tree & all the boys. Johny went home. I
attended Sunday School. I went over to center and took a ride. Got home
about l/ 2 past 8.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29:
I kept school. Had 3 new scholars. Had 15 scholars today. The other 3
were sick. I saw Bruce Parmelee today. Father went to Southford to get
the wagon fixed. Got $5.88 of Lewis Robinson.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30:
I kept school. It rained some of the day. It was windy but froze up
hard. In the eve I went to the debate over 30 men there. Dark as pitch,
cloudy, muddy and foggy. Nasty time.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1:
I kept school. I walked up from Mr. Ormsby’s corner. Idella and me went
up to Southford after a grist. I staid to the millers about one hour.
Libby Simons went up to Mr. Robinson’s, called about one hour or so.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2:
I kept school today. I walked down. Rode up with Mother from school
about five o’clock. It was cold enough for to drive off. I was home in
eve. Charlie Sherman was down here and staid a spell.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3:
I kept school. I went down horse back. It was the coldest day there has
been this winter. Very hubby. I came up by way of the center, got the
mail, was at Mr. Davis in the evening after (??).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4:
I went up to Clark’s eve. We Father & me chopped up some wood,
fussed around. In afternoon I went and carried 4 bush corn to mill.
Went up to Post Office, saw Julia Leek for first time since she got
back. It began to snow about 3 o’clock, stopped at dusk.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5:
Mother & Idella & me went to church. It snowed all day. Some
tried to clear off, but finally did not. Snowed little in eve. Idella
& me went over to Shelt Smith’s & came back to Mrs. Candee’s.
Saw the girls. Staid till 9 o’clock.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6:
I carried Father to Seymour this morn to take the cars to New Haven as
juryman. I came back to school, kept until 3 o’clock. Came home. It
snowed and hailed all day. Good sleighing on turnpike. I done chores
alone an awful (??) time.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7:
I kept school. I went down horseback. Came home, done all chores, got
out the sleigh. Went over to Seymour. Idella went with me. Father came
back from New Haven on half past six train in eve.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8:
I went up to the R. R. I kept school. It was terrible cold this morn -
six degrees below zero. Irish procession of teams. Idella & me went
over to center. I took Larissa, Mary, & Hannah Candee sleighing.
Went up to Mrs. Robinson’s. Had a good time.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9:
I kept school. I went down a horse back. I went to Sewing Society with
Idella, Hannah & Mary Candee. Idella went home with Robinson girls.
I came back with Mary & Hannah. Had very good time. It was cold
& clear. Moonlight.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10:
I kept school. I rode down horseback. Frank & Clark, Charles
Sherman were down in evening. A tin peddler staid here all night by the
name of Bushnell. It was a nice eve but was cold.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11:
I went & carried Bryan’s & Charles Sherman’s beef up to them.
Did not see Bryan. Came down to Southford. Stopped at Mrs. Robinson’s.
Idella over there. I staid to tea, took girls to ride in sleigh, came
home. Edwin & Mary came down & staid all night.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12:
I went to church with Edwin & Mary. They went home for fear the
snow would go off. Father & Mother came in afternoon. Idella came
down from Mr. Robinson’s. I went to ride with Mary Candee in eve up
above Southford. Expected to go to church but did not.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 13:
I kept school. I went over to Center for Father in evening. I stopped
at Frank Leek’s to hear Julia play. Mary Hudson, Mary Lewis, Hannah
Candee, Susan Billis & Maggie Nugent were all in to hear her play.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14:
Father butchered pigs. I kept school today. I went over to debate in
evening. I acted as President and conducted the meeting. I got home at
10 o’clock. It was nice evening.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15:
I kept school. I walked down and back. We all over to Lumm’s Hall to a
festival. We had a good time. I got home after 1 o’clock. I took Hattie
Robinson & Idella to have some oysters & coffee. Then Clark
Riggs & me had some more. Good time.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16:
Idella carried me to school this morn. I kept until half past three. It
begun to rain in morn about 10. Father came and met me down to Mr.
Ormsby’s. It rained hard and wind blew.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17:
I kept school. Idella carried me down to school and went to Seymour.
Father & Mother went to Woodbury. I went over to center in evening
with Frank and Clark. Went to Post Office and up to (??).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18:
I was at home today. I sawed a little wood and fussed around. Father
helped Burritt Davis butcher pigs. Uncle Burt & Mary Augusta came
here and staid all night, came from West Haven.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19:
Uncle Burt & Mary went home. We all went to church but Father. I
went to Sunday School. I went over to center. Saw Hiram Peck. He took
Fannie Lum & I took Mary Hudson. We went up to Southford and called
at Hattie Bronson’s when we came back.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20:
I kept school. I walked down & back. I went over to Post Office in
eve. Sent a letter to J. H. R. and came home and ciphered in evening.
Susan Smith was to our house making dresses.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21:
I kept school. Walked down & back. I went over to Center to debate.
Susan Smith went home from here., I acted as president of debate. Went
down to F. A. Leeks. Charlie Robinson & sisters, & Loissa
Candee, Idella & me were all there.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22:
I kept school. It rained hard all day. I went down horseback, put the
horse in George Washburn barn. I had 4 scholars. I went home. In
evening it was foggy and dark.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23:
I went down and kept school as usual. I went & Idella to help trim
the church. I went and helped get some hemlock. We all put up the
greens. Had pleasant eve. Got home at 11 o’clock.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24:
I kept school as usual. Had George Church, Walter Dorman, Miss Osborn
& one more lady visited the school. We all went to Christmas eve
over to church. We had a good sermon. Not many there.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25:
We got up in good season, got ready. Started for Uncle Burt’s to spend
Christmas. Has a splendid time. Got a (??) and (??) on the Christmas
tree. Broke the carriage spring and staid to Edwin’s all night.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26:
I was at Edwin’s all day. It rained very hard. Father started for home
at half past eight in morning. It did not clear off. So we staid all
MONDAY, DECEMBER 27:
I got up at half past four o’clock. Got breakfast, hitched forward of
our new wagon. Started for home with Mother & Idella. I went down
to my school and toted scholars (??). Chopped wood today.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28:
I went to Beacon Falls. Balanced accounts with Beecher & Perry.
Carried over a calves skin to Mr. Coe. Got $1.50 for it. Came home.
Went to Center and done some trading, came home, went over to debate in
eve. (??) dark & foggy.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29:
This forenoon I went to Seymour a horse back. Came up to Hart’s, then
went over to Center and home. I went up to school. Idella & me got
ready. I went over to Center, got Mary Hudson, came over and gave
Burton Tucker a surprise party. 24 there besides their own folks.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30:
I got up twenty minutes to eight this mom. I went up to Woodbury to
Edwin’s to get carriage. Came down by way of Southford. Mr. Robinson
mended the spring and came down to Oatman’s Store, staid a spell. I
came home, got my boots fixed, & came home in evening.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31:
Father & me yoked up our yearling team and trained them around. I
went over to center with Father to saw up a log at the sawmill. I went
up to store (??). I got ready & went over to attend New Year’s
Ball. I took Miss Mary Hudson to the dance. Had a lively time., I
danced 7 or 8 sets. I paid one dollar for ticket to dance. There was a
very large crowd there. I staid until half past three o’clock in
morning and came home.
FROM THE MEMORANDA:
March 12, 1869: "Today I paid Edward Wales Chatfield $60.00 for
acres of woodland and received a deed of it drawn by N. J. Wilcoxson
and I carried the deed to Dr. Barnes, Town Clerk, to be recorded. The
piece of land is 16 l/ 4 rods wide on the south end, 18 112 rods wide
on the north end, 80 rods long on the west side; 74 l/ 2 rods long on
the east side.”
The receipts indicate that the rakes he was selling were priced at
The agent from whom he purchased the rakes was David P. Rhodes, New
York News Company, No. 8 & 10 Spruce Company. He wrote the
following directions in the memoranda:
“Take steam cars to depot, N. York. Then take the
yellow horse car called 4th Avenue Car down to City Hall & Tribune
Office & get off.”
The total of his cash accounts, which includes wages and sundry income
and all cash expenses and land purchased in March was as follows.