May 1905

We got started early this morning.  We ate as soon as we got up and were on the road by 7:15.  We went to McMinnville and got a load of manure from Mr. Rigsby.  He never lets us pay for the manure so I brought him some of my homemade donuts today.  He has given up boarding horses so he has only about one more load for us which we will get next week.  We are putting it into a pile down near the garden and will cover it to keep it ageing for next year.  We were back home about 9 and went right to picking beans while Norman emptied the truck.  Then he helped me pick beans, we got alot of them today.  While I fixed dinner, Norman washed the truck and then we both started cutting the beans while the stew cooked.   After dinner Norman took his nap and I finished the beans, then we both canned the beans.  We got 6 1/2 quarts plus what I put in the stew for dinner.  That is the most we have gotten at one time.  We always can them the same day we pick them.   Then we picked the tomatoes and put them on the table down cellar.  Monday morning early  I will pick them again and if I get as many Monday as I did today we will make some more Maranara Sauce to can.  If the tomatoes hold out I hope to make some pizza sauce to can also.  Now on with the diary.

May 1 , 1905  Mon.   Snow squalls  Salt Car load come to day  Mr Thayer & Mrs Thayer out from Swift to day.  trade very good   Cold day  over coats on  Dora cleaned the kitchen to day & ironed before she went to bed   Ernes went to Ezra Weloughly  30 aniversary to night

May 2  Tues.  Pleasant   Dora Cleaned the Hall to day     that finishs up her cleaning    Herman not feeling very good   sick last night    does not eat anything to day    Trade very good.

May 3  Wed.  cloudy  Took up Guy, Herman  & Angie up to the Cemetary    looks like rain   hope we may have some.

May 4  Thurs.  Pleasant   Gracie Thayer come up from Lynn to day to stay 2 or 3  weeks    Trade very good    Mr Thayer met Gracie    takes her home to night

May 5  Fri  Cloudy & cold   Run  down to Moses.   angie down to Carl  Fetchels birth day party   having a good time.  Sarah Eastman to work for Mary Meader today.  (Moses is Web’s younger brother and his wife is Mary.)

May 6   Sat.  Warm   Dora gone to Lisbon    Tina Partridge done her work for her while she is gone

May 7  Sun.   Warm   Ernest took Mrs Tefft over to whare Ild lives to stay a few weeds     it looks like spring     Trees are budding out fast

May 8  Mon.  Pleasant   Ira down from Woodsville    I took him out to his home   going to stay  day or two    Helped his Father      trade very good   $100. to day.  every body doing spring work    about time   Mrs George Wells died about 10 oclock at night

May 9    Tues.   Cloudy   Gracie Thayer took Ira out to go to  Woodsville to school     grass grows well   looks good     People begining to plant   Trade not quite as good

May 10  Wed   Cool  I took Mr Chamblain out to George Wells to day to see Mrs Wells  but sorry she looked at her Farm  puting seed into the ground    grass looking well

May 11  Thurs.  Warm  Went to Mr George Wells Funeral   it was at the House    Rev E. C. Eaton Preached the semon   4 of the Boys ware bearers  Flor, Fred, Eugene, Arthur

May 12   Fri.  Pleasant   Went with the Clerk on Briar Hill to deliver Groc     good deal to do on the fand   get no planting done yet

May 13  Sat.  Pleasant    Trade very good   Ernest sold his old cow to day to V Brooks for $18.00   My head does not feel good to night

May 14   Sun.   Cloudy  Ernest and all of us went out to his Fathers    Irvin & Delia ware there     that made a house full   I stay all night   Grace at home.

May 15   Mon.  CloudyCloudy day with rain.  I am at Hibard Thayers having a good visit with all     Grace sure Mr Thayers oats is coming up good    it looks like rain to night   hope we get some    Mr Thayer took 2 calves to Woodsville got $9.00

May 16  Tues. Hibard Thayer planting potatoes   Ira helped him    Hib helped Carr brake up fore noon    Ira took away banking forenoon    telephone men setting poles by Hibard Thayer.  (the banking is a banking of hay put around the house to keep the draft off the floor.)

May 17  Wed.  Cloudy & showers   Grace & Web went over to see Levi Bisbee folks   Mr Thayer planting potatoes    Grace took Ira Part way to Woodsville    he goes to school

May 18  Thurs.  Showers   Mr Thayer finished planting potatoes to day.  Grace took me home to day  Ernest is on loading a load seed    Arthur Clough lost one of his hojrses     backed into the river    wagon went with him   have not got the wagon yet.

May 19  Fri  Pleasant  Sick to day   had a Dr two times   burned my fingers    had a bad sel in the morning   Mr Thayer and Mrs Thayer was here to day

May 20  Sat. Cold   Grace &  Forest stayed all night   Gramma Wright talks as fast as ever    I had a bad spel this afternoon  got better soon

May 21   Sun.   Cold  Grace & Forest went home this morning    went to church for the first time this season   no meeting thare before this spring    ernest has not done his work yet on the farm

May 22  Mon.   Cold  Ernest & Web went up to the cemetry to see Dr Watson     burried    he is to be burried under the Masons but we did not wate

May 23  Tues.  Pleasant & cold  Dora & Angie went to Woodsville with Aunt Ella Young    sone some trading for Angie    my hand is some sore but it get better by & by

May 24   Wed.  Warmer   Phebe Wright here to night   going to a dance to night   good day to plant corn   good many women out to day    Storm soon

May 25   Thurs.  Warm   Grace Thayer come this noon   going to stop a few days     Grammie here yet   They are working on the eater works   Ora & Florance here to night

May 26  Fri.  Warm with showers   Ira down form Woodsville   Grace still here   Trade very good   The Kidwent to Woodsville for a Wheel    he got one

May 27  Sat.  Warm  Grace & Web went out to Ora Thayers  took dinner with them    every body planting corn & potatoes.  Ora , Father & Forest is helping him ( Potatoes were a cash crop, they sold them to the starch factory)

May 28 Sun.  Pleasant  Ernes & Grace been over to thare Fathers    the rest all stayed at home   every thing quiet

May 29  Mon.  Warm   Grace & florance Thayer went to Woodsville this morning    Grace gone to East Haverhill    Ernest is hauling crack corn from the depot

May 30 Tues.  Pleasant   went and took dinner with the Post & Corp   very good time   very good speaking   good singing   every thing went off very well   Will Kimball & Lena Campbell ware married to day   he is 23  she is 15 years old

May 31  Wed.  Pleasant    Grace gone home her  mother came out to take her home   She is going to Lynn Friday    Trade very good    grass looks good.

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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