The Family in March 1928

This is the family in our story.  Back row is Guy, Angie and Herman (Bing)  Auntie is in front.

“Sunday  March 11.  Pleasent Did house work and went to Keene to see Angie and baby.  Baby rather cute.  did not go to church today.  Guy away to night.  Went over to Herman’s and Mrs Hall’s.”

“Mon. March 12  Worked in mill and did house work at night.”

Tues  March 13  Pleasent  Mill did not run so I helped with town meeting dinner about four P.M. rode out to Keene with Guy and came back with Floyd.”

“Wed.  March 14   Rainy  Worked in mill all day.  claarence went home to-day.  Mother just alive.”  She is talking about Phebe Thayer, her mother-in-law in Haverhill, NH.

“Thur. March 15  Fair  did my house work and worked in mill.  Mother Thayer died this morning about 5 a.m.” (Guy  Granny Thayer did this morning at 5 o’clock.)

“Fri.  March 16  Fair & warm  did house work and Guy, Herman and I went up home.  Stoped at hospital saw angie and baby feeling fine.  Bought me a new hat at the Royal hat shop.  Stayed to Irvings all night, got there at 5-15 P.M.  left here or Keene at 12-45 P.M.” (Guy Drove to Uncle Irving’s today.  Dora and Herman with me.)

“Sat March 17  Fair and warm.  Went pout to Glen’s to mother’s funeral .  Had big fureral, lots of flowers.  The four boys were bearer’s  Mr Smith from Woodsville preached her text was 2-9 mothy 4-7.  We came home after the funeral got home at 9-15 P.M.  Roads not very bad.” (Guy  Granny’s funeral today at 1 P.M. Drove home afterwards. Home at 9:30 P.M.  Both days fine weather. )

“Sun  March 18  Blizzard and storm  Just did house work and sit around.  Not any church or S.S.  Guy away this P.M. and evening. “( Guy – Snowed hard no church  Keene to see Helen)

“Mon.  March 19  Stormy  Worked in mill  went to Keene in evening to see angie  did not see the baby. ”  (Guy-Worked.  Keene in evening with Dora to see Angie.)

“Tues.  March 20  Fair  Worked in mill and did house work in evening.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy – Keene in evening to see Helen.  We stoped at the hospital and then went down to H. Adams in Swanzey.)

“Wed  March 21  Fair  Worked in mill.  Watson was here Did house work in evening.  Mrs. Rose Page died last night   was brought here from Lowell.)  (Guy-  Mr. Watson selling agent came to day with selections for fall line.  Bew Pages wife died at 3:30 A.M.  Brougt here on night train. )  “Thur  March 22  Blustry  Worked in mill.  Went over to Mary Sara’s to Aid meeting.  Guy away tonight.  Sherman got the mumps.”  That would be Sherman Lampman.

“Fri  March 23  Fair and warm   Worked in mill Guy went for Angie and Little Carl.  Clarence came to.  Baby is real good.  Guy away tonight. ” ( Guy- Pages wife buried today.  Worked a full week in the mill.  Brought Angie and the baby home from the hospital today.)

“”Sat  March 24  Fair and warm  Worked house work and went to Keene in P.M. had my hair trimed.  Baby is good. ”

“Sun.  March 25  fair and warm.  Went to church and over to Herman’s for little while in P.M.  Guy away to night.”  (Guy-  Troy for Helen this P.M.  Rough driving from Chesham to Harrisville.)

“Mon.  March 26  Fair and Warm  Did my own washing and ironing today.  Clarence went home.  Baby is always good.   Guy did not write in his diary for two days.

“Tues  March 27  Rain in a. M.  Cold in P.M.  Worked in mill.  Angie got dinner.  Baby is real good  sleeps good nights. )

“Wed  March 28  Fair & cold   Worked in mill.  Little Car was awake when I got home  I undressed him & his Ma fed him.  slept all night.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy- Keene to see Helen.  Drove down to H. Adams.)

“Thur.  March 29  Fair & cold    Worked all day finished up in mill don’t know when we will work again.  Little Car fussed quite a lot this P.M.  guess had a little pain.  I undressed him tonight.  Guess he will sleep good. ”  ( Guy-  Chesham to get a radio at the Russells.  He decided to keep his battery set in preference to the electric.)

“Fri  March 30  Fair and cold  did house work and played with Carl.  carl had the stomachack bad late this P.M.  S.P. went to Swanzy.”  (Guy- Keene to take Helen and Ruth to Try.  They are going to Boston tomorrow with their father.  Mill shut down this noon indefinitely.  All warps out and samples made. )

“Sat  March 31  Cold & Blustry.  did cooking and house work.  Weighed Carl.   he gained 6 ozs  makes him 6 3/4 lb at three weeks.  S.P. came home today.) (Guy-  Worked around house in the morning.  Finished mounting a new battery charger  a Handy 6-B.) 

This is the Auntie I remember.  This is Phebe  and Hibbard Thayer, she is the one who died this month.

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 Family in March 1928

  1. Shanti K Khalsa says:

    That picture is how I remembered Auntie Thayer. Sitting in her chair and looking out the window. I remember staying with her when I was sick – the chickpox stands out particularly. I used to be really afraid of her basement – and I was sure monsters lived down there.

    Thank you for writing this, Mom. It is wonderful save these threads of family.

    • Thank you for the encouragement. I hope to get the whole diary on and then I want to do 1932 when I was born. Carl McLaughlin is the one who got me started on this. Your remember his parents, you went to Maine with Grammy. He has been writing to me every week and giving me some of this memories which I will get on my blog also. I just wish I had more time to devote to it. There is such a flood of ideas from everyone in the family. I know what you mean about that cellar, it was very dark and scarey, I never went down when I was little!

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