The Blessed Event

This is the mill where both Guy and Auntie worked.  The weave room was in the top floor of the long mill part on the left, the burling room was in the right hand part on the ground floor.   On with the story:

“Mar. 2, 1928 Fair  Did work.  Mrs Lampman and Mrs Hall was in.”  ( Guy-worte: Worked on samples until 1 P.M. and on the Peanut Row Houses afther that. )  The samples that he speaks of are the ones used to show customers when trying to get new orders for the woolen cloth that was made in the mill.  The houses on Peanut Row were mill houses so the mill was paying to bring electric lights to these homes.  In the 30’s Guy and his family lived in one of these houses.

“March 3 Blustry  did house work and went to Keene to see Angie and do shopping.  Mrs. Hall and Mrs Chase went to Swanzy.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy- Finished except for 1 hr work on Peanut Row.  Went to Keene and Swanzy in the P.M.  Took Mrs. Hall and Mrs Chase.  Dora went as far as Keene to see Angie.  Troy in the evening.  Played cards with Helen)

“Sun  4  Fair  Went to church.  Fanny, Norman, Chas, Wm. and flora was over this P.M.  Mrs Lampman and I opened the silver.  Very pretty.”  The silver is the communion set that belonged to the church.  Dora rented this house from the church.  In more prosperous times this was the parsonage for the church and church property that was no longer used was stored in the attic.  Dora took care of these items until her death.  (Guy-Troy and Keene with Helen.)

“March 5  Cold.  Worked in mill and did house work at night.” (Guy- Worked  Went to Brooks with a battery for his radio.  Got stuck in a snow drift and had to put on my chains.)

“March 6 Cold   Worked in mill and did house work.  Mrs Lampman 45 yrs anniversary.) (Guy-Worked.  Keene to see Helen.)

“March 7  Cold & Blustry  Worked in mill  shut down for the week.)(Guy-Mill shut down tonight until Monday.  Guy did not write for the next two days)

“March 8 Fair  Did a little house work.  went to Keene to see Angie  she thought she was going to be sick but wasn’t.  had dinner at Mrs Doyle.  Went up to Katie’s to Aid meeting after the train.”

“March 9  Stormy & blowing  Did house work and washed Ladies Aid silver.  Stormed so hard we did not go to Keene.”

Saturday  March 10 Pleasent   did house work and went to seer angie.  new baby boy.  Born this norming at 1-11 a.m.  6 lb. 6 oz.  Came in a hurry was storming hard and wanted to get through.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy- Angie had a boy this morning at 1:15) Guy did not write for the next four days.


About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to The Blessed Event

  1. Sister Shirley says:

    This was 1928…….Did Dad have a car or horse and buggy? If car, what kind?

    • Dad had a car. I think it was the old model T that he had in the early 30’s on Peanut Row. He used to go out and crank it to start it and then leave it running at the top of the lawn and come in for us. Then when we were in the car he would release the hand brake and drive down over the front lawn and onto the shore road and off we would go. If the car staled before we were ready to go he would release the brake and start the car as it rolled down the lawn. One day we went out to get into the car and when we got there the car was missing! Looking down to where the car was pointed we could see the tail end of the car in the lake and bubbles coming out of the front. Dad had to get someone over to help pull the car out of the lake. With the old Model T going into the water didn’t hurt it like it would on today’s cars, it just delayed our trip to Keene a little. All of the cars looked the same in those days. One day when Dad took us to Keene to shop he was pushing everyone to get going so he could get back home to finish a job he had started. We had parked in front of the Drug store on Main St there in Keene and as we were going back to the car, he went on ahead and opened the door on the passenger’s side for Mother. He held the door open and call “Come on, let’s get home!” Just then a man walked up behind Dad and said, “Not in my car you don’t!” Scared us all but he was right, Dad had opened the wrong car.

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