April 1928 Depression Felt in the Mill

“Sun. April 1, 1928  Fair & cold  Went to church and down to Mrs. Kenniston to pay rent.  Mrs Jones in hospital.  Guy away tonight.”

“Mon.  April 2  Fair & warm  Did house work and washed.  Went to Swanzy to see Hall’s place, went with Guy.  Baby cryed quite a lot in P.M.  Carl went out in Carrage to day.” (Guy wrote – Took Dora over to Keene and Swanzey this P.M.)

“Tues  April 3   Fair & warm    Did my ironing and cleaned my pantry part.  Guy away to Halls to begin to wire.  Gone away tonight.  Carl was out to day.”  ( Guy- Did some wiring for Mr Hall in Swanzey)

“Wed.  April 4  Fair & warm   Cleaned pantry finished and cleaned the attic.  Watered Mrs Halls plants.  Carl was out to-day  Mrs Winn came over this P.M. ”  With the mill closed Dora began her spring cleaning.  At this time in history, every house wife cleaned every room and corner in their house each spring.  (Guy – Worked for Mr. Hall)

“Thur.  April 5  Fair & warm  cleaned the attic and started my room.  went up to Mrs Patterson’s to Ladies Aid meeting in evening.  Carl was out to-day.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy- Finished Mr. Hall’s job.  Took Helen to a style show in Swanzey this evening.)

“Fri.  April 6  Fair & warm  finished my room and did some down stairs.  Went up to Mrs Brook’s house with her a few minutes.  Carl was out to-day.  Guy away tonight.” (Guy – Went to Keene in the P.M.  Met Helen and went for a ride.  Movies in the evening.  got stuck twice coming home.  Had to shovel out.  Home at 4:20 A.M. Sat.  Have had some wonderful weather.)

“Sat.  April 7  Fair little cooler  Did my house work and had a nap.  Lulu Keough came in this P.M. to see Carl.  Carl cryed quite a lot tonight, the first time.” (Guy- Washed and greased the car and put it up to stay until the roads are again in better condition.  They are the worst this year that I ever saw them.)

“Sun.  Apr 8  Fair & cool  Went to church.  Mr Jones gave a short talk as his wife was operated on at 3 a.m. to-day.   aby Carl was afraid  of the wind and wouldn’t stay out. ” ( Guy – Walked to Chesham this a.n. to see the road.  Almost  passable.  Will be lucky if I get out again this week.)

“Mon  April 9  Fair & cold  Did my washing and helped Barbar Patterson on her dress.”

“Tues.  April 10  Fair & mild  did my house work and went up to Lulu Keough in P.M.”

“Wed.  April 11  Fair & cold  did house work.  Gave Carl a bath in morning.  Mr Glardy whitened the ceiling up stairs and painted the ceiling in kitchen.  Guy away tonight  Pd. Mr G $5.15.”  (Guy- Keene to-night to see Helen.)

“Thur.  April 12  Fair & windy   did my house work and went up & stayed with Mrs Blake in P.M. & evening.” (Guy- Made samples this week.  Finished up this P.M.)

“Fri  April 13  Cold & windy  Did house work went over to Mrs Lampmans for eggs.  Guy began Levine’s house wireing.  Carl smiled to day.” ( Guy – Started to wire Lavigne’s house.)

“Sat  April 14   Cold & rainy  Did house work.  Carl weighed 7 lb 7 oz  5 weeks old.  S.P. went to Keene to-day.  Guy away tonight.  S.P. bought Carl some candy from Keene.”  How times change, Seldon gave candy to Carl at 5 weeks and I can’t give my great grand daughter, Dyhana a cooky at a year old – NO sugar!.  (Guy- Keene to see Helen.)

“Sun  April 15  Cold & windy  Went to Church  Mrs. Jones better.  Guy away tonight.” ( Guy- Keene to see Helen.)

Must go now and tend to the present.  We finally got enough rain to really do some good.  Monday we got 1 1/4 inches, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it rained most of the day but very lightly so the ground has had a great drink.  The gardens are not pooling so I guess they could use more.  Today we will weed and feed the plants that are perking up.  Have a great day.

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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