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.
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!